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July 2006
Fake Memory Cards! (12 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 31-July-2006  23:12:58 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Yoink has put together an excellent Wiki article about the current spate of fake memory cards. These are usually not the advertised capacity or speed, or are in other ways inferior. This article covers how to identify them visually, as well as testing them via software. Nice work!

Click for the article!

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Monday Night (4 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 31-July-2006  22:17:13 (GMT +10) - by aXi$te

First up for tonight, Peter sends word that ATI have released Catalyst 6.7, head over to ATI.com to grab them.

ChileHardware have a guide to changing faulty capacitors on your motherboard. If your motherboard´s capacitors are leaking or you wan´t to upgrade the quality of them on your motherboard (like we did with the DFI LanParty nF4 in the article) this is a must read guide. The original guide is in Spanish, but the pictures make up for the poor translation.

Hardware Secrets have posted Everything you need to know about Serial ATA. "Serial ATA - or simply SATA - is the hard disk standard created to replace the parallel ATA interface, a.k.a. IDE. SATA provides a transfer rate of 150 MB/s or 300 MB/s against of a 133 MB/s maximum using the previous technology. In this tutorial we will explain everything you need to know about Serial ATA."

EclipseOC have an article on their Open Air test rig: Frustrated with your closed and cramped case?! We were as well. Have a look to see what can be done about it.

Trusted Reviews have an article entitled "Build Your Own Media PC" Heres a snippit: "Anyone who read the recent budget HDTV roundup might be after a little more information on what we used for our testing. While Riyad was vigorously testing these displays with his Xbox 360 and a copy of Dead or Alive 4, I could be found bent over my lab desk with a screw driver in hand, doing things the hard way."

James Cooper sends word that E3 may not be cancelled after all? In his own fine words: Won't somebody please think of the booth-babes !@#$%"

The Air Force will close Cheyenne Mountain "the real-world setting of the fictional series Stargate SG-1", thanks TheTron.

Linux is headed into Boeing anti-sub aircraft. Boeing has awarded Wind River Systems a contract to embed its version of Linux into a new military aircraft, the company plans to announce Monday along with a new batch of products built around the open-source operating system. Thanks Jotham.

From BFM: Whilst looking for live penguin webcam feeds, turns out this site has some absolutely AWESOME Nintendo VST effects that OCAU music composers will love!

Voltus sends word that Amd have released (Subscription required) the X2 3600+ "to combat the entry level Dual core arena." Discussion right here in our own forums.

Guru3D have posted part 9 of the Definitive Multi-GPU World Tour The Definitive Multi-GPU World Tour is a collaboration between nine respected sites around the world to cover the entire ecosystem of products that make up the multi-GPU marketplace. In this comprehensive series of articles we cover the basics of implementing a multi-GPU setup and the technology behind it, what products we feel represent the best performance and feature-set for each price point, and how each setup performs using 60+ applications and benchmarks.

CambrianHouse have a video posted entitled: We fed the entire Googleplex Pizza a full-length feature about how we fed 1000 pizzas to Google.. unannounced. thanks Komodo.

Sponsor Specials (4 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 31-July-2006  15:42:41 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Once again, remember to keep our Sponsor Specials Forum in mind when shopping around. All OCAU Forum members can view it. Currently there's a few Conroe-related specials and new AMD pricing, plus some amazing LCD monitor and hard drive bargains too.

Monday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 31-July-2006  15:15:02 (GMT +10) - by aXi$te

Sansun Galaxy on Rbmods
Thermaltake Kandalf VA9000B on Techgage
Sansun Group Galaxy ATX Mid-Tower on 3DXtreme

Cooler Master Real Power 550W SLI on PC Apex
Coolmax 700W & 1000W Power Supplies on 3DGameMan.com

Memory and Storage:
A-Data 2 GB Fingerprint Drive on Overclockers Online
Mushkin XP2-6400 Memory on Motherboards.org

Asus P5W DH Deluxe Core 2 Ready Motherboard on PC Perspective
MSI K9N SLI Platinum on Bit-tech
ASRock 775Dual-VSTA (VIA PT880 Ultra - Core 2 Ready) on Hardwarezone.com
MSI K8N Diamond Plus on Byte Sized Reviews
Gigabyte GA 965P DS3 on MaXitmag.com
ASUS P5W DH Deluxe on MaXitmag.com
Foxconn C51XEM2AA nForce 590 SLI on OC Cafe

Powercolor X1800 GTO and MSI 7600 GT on Madshrimps
Forsa Geforce 7900 GT on OCC
ASUS EN7600GS TOP Silent (GeForce 7600 GS 512MB) on Hardwarezone.com
Samsung HP-S5053 on WindowsAtoZ.com

Drive Enclosures and Accessories:
Revoltec HDD Silencer on ThinkComputers.org
Silverstone MS01 External 3.5" HDD Enclosure on Moditory.com
Vantec NexStar LX NAS HDD Enclosure on Virtual-Hideout
Cooler Master XCraft on techPowerUp

Intel Xeon 5150 Woodcrest on Phoronix
AMD AM2 5000+ on Techware Labs
Intel Core 2 Extreme E6800 / Core 2 Duo E6700 on Driver Heaven

Razer Krait on techFEAR
Half-Life 2 Ep 1 on Legionpcgamers
ePrompter on PCMech
Zalman Super Thermal Grease on ThinkComputers.org
SteelPad 5L on FastLaneHW.com
Digidock FM Transmitters on Hardwarezone.com

HP-Server (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 31-July-2006  02:01:29 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Yet another seriously impressive PC from Defyant:

Click for the PCDB entry! (13 pics)

As always, there's an incredibly detailed worklog thread here.

Get a Free Copy of WinRAR (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 30-July-2006  19:35:47 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Apparently the people who make WinRAR (a compression/decompression utility) are giving away free copies of their registered version for one day only, as a way of giving thanks for being voted the "Best Overall Utility" in a recent People's Choice award. The site is, as you can imagine, being absolutely hammered at the moment, so you might have to try later on - the promotion should still be going for a few hours yet.

There's discussion in this thread in our General Software forum.

Sunday Afternoon (13 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 30-July-2006  15:02:33 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Anandtech have a 320GB showdown between Seagate and Western Digital. What makes it interesting is that the Seagate drive is the first production model to use Perpendicular Recording. Simply put, during perpendicular recording the magnetization of the disc stands on end, perpendicular to the plane of the disc, instead of lying in the disc's plane as it does in current longitudinal recording. The data bits are then represented as regions of upward or downward directed magnetization points.

HKEPC have a flashback through Intel's desktop processors of the last 25 years, beginning with the 4004 and ending with Core 2 Duo.

Heh, seems Metallica are now OK with being on iTunes, despite previous concerns about internet availability of their songs. Fire bad!!!

Metku have a cool-but-kinda-pointless mod of a mobile phone LCD into a mouse. One can find LCDs and TFTs embedded to almost everything so why not inside a mouse.

BusinessWeek report on the Top 100 Brands in the world. Here's a look at the world's most valuable brands according to the latest BusinessWeek/Interbrand survey.

On a similar note, eWeek pick the top 25 tech products of the last 25 years.

Apparently the MSDN library is now free to download. Sure, the whole thing is available online and searchable, but I've always enjoyed having my local copy. It's much faster than going out to the web, plus the search isn't nearly as bad.

GamePC checked out NVIDIA's Quad SLI. A few weeks ago, nVidia released an official driver which allows for multiple GeForce 7950 GX2 cards to be run in a Quad-SLI configuration without the need for specialized hardware or software. As of today, this technology can be purchased by anyone with a big enough wallet.

FiringSquad have a report on Quad SLI performance too. Now that NVIDIA and Alienware have had a bit more time to work some of the bugs out of Quad SLI, a fully-equipped Alienware ALX Quad SLI system sits on our desk for testing. As a result, we figured this would be a good time to take another look at the platform.

We linked this earlier, but it's worth a closer look: PC Perspective reviewed a Core 2 Duo Mobile or "Merom" CPU. This new mobile CPU is the successor to the wildly successful Yonah Core Duo CPUs and comes with many new improvements including EM64T (Intel x86-64 extensions) for 64-bit processing.

Digit-Life examine how much a PC's video performance is CPU limited. Evidently, a weak CPU is unlikely to unveil all the video card's potentials. A contrary example - a powerful CPU with the explicitly weak video subsystem is unlikely to enjoy the high-quality picture.

While we're having a Tomcat day, these two pics are from Wishywashy: Took these two photos on my vacation to Corpus Christi, TX. It's of a F-14 on board the USS Lexington.

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Farewell to the Tomcat (74 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 30-July-2006  00:27:36 (GMT +10) - by Agg

This may not be relevant to a lot of people, but an icon from my childhood has retired recently. The Grumman F-14 Tomcat has jumped off the deck for the last time, as they have been retired from active service in the US Navy. I was a bit of an aircraft nut as a kid and built a few model F-14's - in fact, I remember painting one up in the "Jolly Rogers" colours:

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Cue the Top Gun theme...

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(What Agg isn't telling you is that he's still a large plane nut now, and frankly, so am I. It's a bit worrying when two grown men get nostalgic over a fighter being retired, but damnit, leave us alone. The Tomcat had a great career, except for that 'thing' with Tom Cruise, but let's not be too hasty to judge: it was young and needed the money. In this day and age of 'multi-mission capability' and cost cutting, there will never be such a brute force, bar-brawling fighter aircraft such as the F-14 again. - Sciby)

Saturday Afternoon (11 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 29-July-2006  14:31:17 (GMT +10) - by Agg

TrustedReviews have a memory card roundup. In order to help you make a choice we’ve gathered a selection of 2GB SD and 4GB CF cards from a number of popular manufacturers and subjected them to a series of tests.

TheTechZone suggest how to protect your eyes while gaming. Greenery soothes eyes, so glance as often as you can at green trees, bushes, or plants. I don't think the trees in Far Cry count.

PCMech explain how ATI HyperMemory and nVidia TurboCache work. Making use of the latest release of PCI-Express, nVidia's TurboCache, along with ATI's incarnation of the technology called HyperMemory, crafted an efficient method of borrowing system memory for graphical use.

The Multi-GPU World Tour continues at LegitReviews. We benchmark eight common games that do not have built-in benchmarking utilities and see how CrossFire and SLI do in games that don't get much attention with the media. The results are interesting and a must read for any gamer considering SLI or CrossFire!

From James: "The Chaser's War on Everything" now has a podcast!!! :) old episode segments are on the page for download. good for a giggle =)

GideonTech built a biped robot.. interesting. Then I used an L bracket to allow the ankles to rotate, which will be attached to the servo brackets which will make up the knees.

Beyond3D have some info on Direct3D 10, the graphics portion of DirectX 10 in Windows Vista. What follows is a summary piece based on our notes from the D3D10 sessions, chats with various game devs, ATI devrel staff and Intel guys, who were all there to either learn or evangelise about D3D10, XBox 360 and multi-threaded game development.

TweakTown checked out how RAM is made at TEAM Group's factory. We’ll also show you how memory is tested for stability before testing along with how heat spreaders are installed on TEAM’s range of Xtreem memory modules.

HWSecrets have a guide to performing a BIOS upgrade.. which is a perfect excuse to roll out this quote again. :)

TweakTown report that the much-anticipated RD600 chipset from ATI, for Conroe, will still go ahead despite the AMD+ATI merger. As for future ATI based Intel platform based chipsets, the future is uncertain.

ArsTechnica ponder place-shifting television shows. A few cables here, a few networking adjustments there, and you can use a product like the Slingbox or the software-based Orb to watch your TV (or TiVo, or DVD player) from just about anywhere you can get a network connection, be it your office, your hotel room, or the other side of the planet.

David sends word that Scorched3D has been updated. Scorched 3D is a game based loosely (or actually quite heavily now) on the classic DOS game Scorched Earth "The Mother Of All Games". Scorched 3D adds amongst other new features a 3D island environment and LAN and internet play. Scorched 3D is totally free and is available for both Microsoft Windows and Unix (Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X, Solaris etc.) operating systems.

Friday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 28-July-2006  23:59:51 (GMT +10) - by aXi$te

Gigabyte GA-965P-DQ6 Core 2 Duo Motherboard on Trusted Reviews
ECS KA3 MVP motherboard on Bit-tech
Gigabyte GA-965P-DQ6 Core 2 Duo ready motherboard on Neoseeker.com
FOXCONN C51XEM2AA AM2 Motherboard Review on Virtual-Hideout

Storage and Memory:
Xbox 360 64Mb memory card on Rbmods
Crucial Ballistix DDR2 PC2-6400 2x1gb Kit on EclipseOC.com
OCZ PC-4000 EB Platinum DDR on OCModShop
GStor Secure Mobile Storage on Hardwarezone.com
Mushkin 2GB EM6400 DDR2-800 on Techgage
Corsair TwinX2048-4400Pro on techFEAR

Software and Games:
SiN Emergence Ep 1 on Legionpcgamers
Sin Episodes: Emergence (Ep. 1) on Gamepyre.com
City Life PC Game on ThinkComputers.org

Sunbeamtech Silent Storm / Silent Twister on OCinside.de
Antec NSK3300 on SilentPC Review
Sansun Galaxy ATX/BTX Black Computer Case on Tweaknews.net
Enermax Chakra ATX Case with 25cm Fan on Bigbruin.comSystems and Notebooks:
Shuttle's XPC SN27P2 mini-barebones system on The Tech Report
Alienware M5500 on Driver Heaven
Lenovo V100 on Hardwarezone.com
Acer Aspire 5650 3G on Trusted Reviews

OCZ Tempest Heatsink on Frostytech.com
SilverStone NT04 Cooler on 3dGameMan.com

Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard on The TechZone
Logisys Office, Internet and Multimedia Pro Illuminated Keyboard on Bjorn3D

Cooler Master eXtreme Power 650W on Modders-Inc.com
Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD1 Camera on Trusted Reviews
Intel Merom Core 2 Processor on PC Perspective
Sapphire Radeon X1900 GT on HotHardware.com
Samsung SGH-P300 - Super Slim Mobile Phone on Trusted Reviews
Logitech Z-5450 Digital 5.1 Speaker System on The TechZone

SysAdmin Appreciation Day (9 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 28-July-2006  13:00:12 (GMT +10) - by Agg

A few people pointed out that today is System Administrator Appreciation Day. So be nice to your SysAdmin today, and if you ARE the SysAdmin, then.. unplug your phone and play minesweeper all day? :)

Remix Contest! (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 27-July-2006  19:22:53 (GMT +10) - by Agg

There's a bit over a week remaining in our podcast remix contest, where you can win one of these prizes:

1st prize: Sexy Hiper Type-R 580W PSU (as seen here, but BLUE) from Arena PC
2nd prize: Your choice of Zalman Theatre 6 5.1 headphones (that we tried to give away earlier, pic here)
OR HEC PowerOP 435W PSU (from our roundup a year or so ago now)
3rd prize: The other 2nd prize.

The basic idea is to "remix" the podcast by cutting bits out and rearranging them into a funny conversation, or fake interview or song or something. Audacity is our free editing tool of choice, but you can use what you like. More details and quite a few funny entries already in this thread!

Thursday Evening Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 27-July-2006  16:42:48 (GMT +10) - by aXi$te

ASUS EN7600GT Silent Video Card on Motherboards.org
HP LP2465 24-inch LCD on DigitalTrends.com
Albatron GeForce 7300GT on Legion Hardware

OCZ GameXStream Multi-GPU PSU on TweakTown
Ultra X-Connect X2 550W Power Supply on Legit ReviewsSystems and Cases:
SilverStone TJ07 Computer Case on XYZ Computing
Sony VAIO VGN-TX3XP - Ultra-Portable Notebook on Trusted Reviews
Antec SOLO Mid-Tower Enclosure on Virtual-Hideout

SilverStone NT04 CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.org
Corsair Nautilus 500 Watercooling on Guru3D
Vizo Sleet Chipset and DDR coolers on Pro-Clockers
Verax Helado PWM-T Low Noise Heatsink on Frostytech.com
Titan Eagle Copper VGA Cooler on Viper Lair
OCZ Tempest on Overclockers Online

Webroot Spy Sweeper 5 on WindowsAtoZ.com
Miami Vice: The Game on Trusted Reviews

Logitech V450 Cordless Notebook Mouse on ASE Labs
XTracPads Ripper XXL Mouse Mat on PC Apex

Super Talent MEGA Screen MP3 Player on 3DGameMan.com
Vizo UFO USB Hub on Rbmods
Mio C510E on BIOS
Logisys Aluminum HDD Silencer on Techgage
Sony DSLR-A100W on Hardwarezone

Thursday Afternoon (2 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 27-July-2006  15:38:10 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Seems to be a day for video card comparisons. TechPowerUp have the GeForce 7900 GTX vs 7950 GX2, while Hexus have a 7800 GS AGP shootout. The GeForce 7300GT and Radeon X1600Pro are compared on Techspot, with a 7600GT roundup on Tech-Hounds.

Here's a strange one from thetron.. a video of machine gun vs samurai sword (some ads on that page maybe not work safe) ... including slow-mo footage of the bullets being cut in half!

Bytesector, DriverHeaven and HotHardware are the latest with more about the AMD+ATI merger.

From Nitrov8: Space Invaders recreated by stop-motion animation of people sitting in auditorium seats. Cool. :)

Tech-Report have info about AMD's 4x4 kits for quad-core computing. Read on to see why 4x4 may prove to be a really nice development for PC hobbyists, not just a stunt to distract attention from The Other Guy's shiny new processors.

Tim sent in an amazing gallery of Visions of Science pictures.. check out the giant peppercorn!

ArsTechnica checked out some temples of technology in New York City. Ars heads to the Big Apple and checks out the flagship stores for Apple, Nintendo, Samsung, and Sony.

Interesting Forum Threads:
Get the computer to read aloud to me in General Software.
Project Fram'd (with photos) digital picture frame project in Modding & Electronics.
Game conventions that you hate? in Games.
GTR2 Demo in Games.
Sony Releases Blu-Ray Disk Recorder in Storage & Backup.
Newest OCAU Weight Loss Challenge in Sport, Fitness & Health.
Your photo of the week (16/07/06) in Photography: The Gallery.
Your photo of the week (23/07/06) in Photography: The Gallery.
A warning for tropical fish owners in Pets & Animals.
Consolidated Video Thread in The Pub.
2006 OCAU Idol Finalists! in The Pub.

OCAU Podcast Episode 16 (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 26-July-2006  18:54:56 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Episode 16 of our podcast is now out, slightly late this week. Sciby was unfortunately transformed into a robot before this episode was recorded, so it's just Andypoo and I, with a bit from thetron in the middle. We have some thoughts on the AMD+ATI merger, Conroe availability, DS Lite brain training stuff, interstellar travel and a few other topics.

You can grab this week's episode via iTunes here (you might need to subscribe (free!) in iTunes before you can see the new episode), or download the files direct from our server:

Normal Quality - 14MB
High Quality - 56MB

If you prefer the raw RSS feed, you can get that here, or an XML version here.

Comments in this thread please!

Wednesday Afternoon Reviews (3 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 26-July-2006  16:41:51 (GMT +10) - by aXi$te

Diamond Viper X1600 Pro 256MB Crossfire Edition on Futurelooks
Gainward BLISS 7300 GT PCX Golden Sample on Tech ARP
Gigabyte GV-NX79T256DP-RH (GeForce 7900 GT 256MB) on Hardwarezone
Biostar GeForce 7900 GT 256MB on Sharky Extreme
ASUS PW201 Wide-screen LCD Monitor on Hardwarezone
Albatron 7300GT PCI Express on LAN Addict

Thermalright Ultra-120 Cpu Cooler on Neoseeker.com
Apack ZeroTherm BTF80 Copper Heatsink on Frostytech.com
Thermaltake RX-K8 Silent Boost AMD CPU Cooler on Madshrimps

Cpu and Chipset:
Intel Pentium D 940 3.2GHz Dual Core Processor on PCStats.com
Intel 925X Express Chipset on TechDomain
Intel's Core2 Duo Processors on LostCircuits
Intel Xeon 5160 'Woodcrest' CPU & Armari Magnetar X2 on Team-HEXUS.net

Kate OS 3.0 Beta on Techgage.com
Smarthumb 2.0 Software on ThinkComputers.org

Super Talent PC2-8000 2x512 Kit on DriverHeaven
SteelPad 5L Mousing Surface on PenStar Systems
SanSun Galaxy BTX Case on 3DGameMan.com
Proporta DS Lite Accessories on Techgage
Shuttle X100 on SFFTech.com
OCZ Ultra-Slim Mini-Kart USB 2.0 Flash Drive on OCIA.net

More AMD+ATI (6 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 25-July-2006  20:03:18 (GMT +10) - by Agg

ATI have updated their site with similar information to AMD: there's a Vision Statement PDF available now. Here's a few highlights from it:

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Discussion continues in this thread.

More coverage:
AMD+ATI and CPU/GPU Integration on ArsTechnica.
Intel pulls ATI's chipset license on Bit-Tech.
AMD and ATI Promise Unified Development by 2008 on DailyTech.
AMD-ATI Deal Won't Stop Shaking for a While on ExtremeTech.
AMD & ATI - Some Questions Answered on HardOCP.
What now for AMD and ATI? on Hexus.
NVIDIA: AMD/ATI merger will make us stronger on Hexus.
AMD merges with ATI, the world turned upside down? on HWAnalysis.
AMD + ATI = True Love on MSNBC.
AMD has to buy ATI to survive on TheInq.
AMD bid for ATI validates "platformisation" on TechReport.
Red, green teams merge to form grayish-brown team on TechReport.
AMD: We won't be another Intel on TGDaily.

Tuesday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 25-July-2006  15:22:34 (GMT +10) - by aXi$te

Motherboards, Systems and Cases:
Foxconn C51XEM2AA 8EKRS2H on Overclockers Online
AOpen MP945-VX Viiv System on GruntvillE.com
ASUS P5WD2-E Premium on techFEAR
Antec Fusion on Sudhian.com
NZXT Lexa & Apollo ATX Cases on 3dGameMan.com
Evesham Voyager C545 on BIOS

Thermaltake Big Typhoon on techPowerUp
Apack ZeroTherm BTF90 Copper Heatsink on Frostytech.com
OCZ Tempest CPU Cooler on Pro-Clockers
nMedia ICETANK CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.org

Audio, Video and Media:
Hauppauge MediaMVP Networked Media Player on Bigbruin.com
Overclocking the BFG 6800GT OC Edition on TechDomain
Logitech mm28 Portable Speakers on Digital Trends
Philips 200WB7 20" WSXGA LCD Widescreen Monitor on Bona Fide Reviews
Axis Communications 207W Network Camera on Trusted Reviews
Super Talent 2GB MEGA Screen MP3 Player on UKGamer

Canon EOS 30D on Hardwarezone.com
Sitecom USB On-The-Go Copy Box CN-131 on TechDomain
Project LogiNoki Mod on MetkuMods
Xbox360 Sun Faceplate on Rbconsoles

Tuesday Afternoon (8 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 25-July-2006  15:15:42 (GMT +10) - by Agg

FlingingSquirrels have a ranty editorial about real-world benchmarking in reviews. When testing a specific hardware component, whether it’s a graphics card, CPU, or any other component, as a reviewer you want to try to isolate the performance of that component as much as possible.

TomsHardware consider the graphics state of the union at present. But I have to warn you not to let the hoopla of well-oiled public relations and marketing machines cloud your judgment. Yes, there are many advances taking place, but there are so many elements with varying schedules that make this whole situation somewhat unclear.

BBC report on magnetoresistive RAM or MRAM, which they think could one day replace flash memory and hard drives. Put simply, Mram stores data magnetically, in the same way a hard drive does. This makes it non-volatile. It is also very quick, and does not wear out over time. So it seems to have the advantages of both RAM and flash, with none of the disadvantages.

This site has a couple of videos of future display technologies putting images into thin air. This new technology requires no screens, monitors or other physical surfaces to be able to project and display its images.

Microsoft have confirmed the existence of their iPod competitor, the Zune. There's a thread about this gadget here in our Audio/Visual forum.

TomsHardware also have a graphics beginners' guide. If you're new to the graphics card scene, or you're coming back after a short vacation from the hardware world, it can be extremely daunting. So if you count yourself among the confused or newbies, then this guide is for you!

Anandtech covered NVIDIA's PureVideo HD, offering HD-DVD playback on the PC. It will still be some time before we see a notebook capable of playing an entire HD-DVD or BD movie at resolution on one charge.

Outy spotted this cool hydrogen-powered toy car. This month, it will begin sales of a tiny hydrogen fuel-cell car, complete with its own miniature solar-powered refueling station.

For a bigger toy, how about a giant ball you roll down hillsides in? Thanks PodgeSSS.

Bit-Tech have a PC in a football. Can you mod a PC into a regulation match football and a pair of soccer boots for our tradeshow stand, asked Foxconn?

TechSport are the latest to check out GeForce 7300GT's in SLI. Running two SLI capable 7300GTs one besides the other, performance can be almost doubled surpassing that of a single GeForce 7600GT.

Murray spotted some Vista improvements in the latest beta. Installation time, something an earlier Computerworld story criticized, has been cut by about 40 percent -- making it the best Windows installation experience ever. Overall performance of this build is noticeably faster, including boot times and general performance of opening and closing applications, windows and dialogs.

Edit: uh, if you're confused, I did accidently link the wrong video on here temporarily. It's over 500MB, so you probably don't want to bother downloading it anyway. :)

AMD + ATI: It's official! (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 24-July-2006  19:51:01 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Forget the rumours, AMD now have a Press Release explaining how they're joining forces with ATI to create "a processing powerhouse". More info here, although there doesn't seem to be any info on ATI's site as yet.

NEW YORK -- July 24, 2006 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) and ATI (TSX: ATY, NASDAQ: ATYT) today announced plans to join forces in a transaction valued at approximately $5.4 billion. The combination will create a processing powerhouse by bringing AMD’s technology leadership in microprocessors together with ATI’s strengths in graphics, chipsets and consumer electronics. The result: A new and more formidable company, determined to drive growth, innovation and choice for its customers, particularly in the commercial and mobile computing segments and in the rapidly-growing consumer electronics market. Combining technologies, people, and complementary strengths, AMD plans to deliver in 2007 customer-centric platforms for the benefit of customers who want to collaborate in the development of differentiated solutions.

There's discussion in this thread in our AMD Hardware forum.

How Safety Switches Work (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 24-July-2006  19:42:05 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's an interesting Wiki article from Terra operative, about how RCD safety switches work - you know, the things that stop you getting fried when things go electrically wrong in your house. Quite a bit more complex than the old fuse days:

Click for the Wiki page!

Monday Evening (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 24-July-2006  19:37:46 (GMT +10) - by Agg

TrustedReviews want to explain all about HDTV. From now on the picture on our television set will be as clear, vivid and lifelike as the image we see from our living room window. Well that’s the idea anyway, but unfortunately things are rarely that simple, and in the case of high definition television, things a very far from simple.

Allen spotted this article about surfing the web using only your brain. Someday, keyboards and computer mice will be remembered only as medieval-style torture devices for the wrists. All work - emails, spreadsheets, and Google searches - will be performed by mind control. That could get a little embarrassing if daydreaming at your work PC.

From newcomic: i came across these macro photographs which are extremely impressive. Wow, they're amazing. Don't look if you hate close-up pics of bugs etc tho. :)

Here's a few poorly-chosen domain names. It is advisable to look at the domain name selected as other see it and not just as you think it looks.

ByteSizedReviews have updated their high-end PSU shootout. Our tests are now updated with the Silverstone Strider 600W.

More on the AMD->ATI rumours here thanks Falkor and here on Techgage.

TBreak checked out Conroe performance under OS X, perhaps giving a glimpse of what future Macs will hold. Its really no secret that a "home installable" version of the Intel OS X has been floating on the "scene" for sometime now and we used one such version based on 10.4.6 version of the O/S. Hardware-wise, we used Intel’s 975X motherboard with a Core 2 Xtreme CPU running at 2.93GHz along with 2GB Corsair RAM running at DDR2-800MHz speed.

The next part of the "Multi GPU World Tour" has been posted on Neoseeker.. this time covering the most played games. Our contribution has us looking at a rough cross section of a few of the most played multiplayer games on both XFire and Gamespy, though we do cover a couple more recent high profile titles such as Oblivion.

MadShrimps have a 7900GT roundup, including four cards from MSI, eVGA, Sparkle and Club 3D.

Monday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 24-July-2006  19:18:58 (GMT +10) - by aXi$te

BenQ Joybook P41 (AMD Turion 64 X2) on Hardwarezone.com
Rock LE Dungeons & Dragons Laptop on BIOS
Lenovo's ThinkPad T60 laptop on Tech Report

MSI P965 Neo core 2 ready board on HWZone
Abit AW8D on Motherboards.org
Asus M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wireless Edition on XYZ Computing
Gigabyte GA-965P-DQ6 Intel P965 on Team-HEXUS.net

NZXT Precise 650W on 3dGameMan.com
FSP Group Booster X3 on Team-HEXUS.net
Coolermaster iGreen 430W on XSReviews
Spire SP-500W Rocketeer V on PC Perspective

Memory / Storage:
Crucial PC2-6400 Ballistix 2GB DDR-2 on PcStats.com
Verbatim 4GB Store ‘n’ Go USB Drive on Bjorn3D

Software / Games:
Prey on Sliced Gaming
Ubuntu 6.10 Edgy Eft Knot 1 on Phoronix
Prey on Driver Heaven

Case / Enclosures:
ICY Dock Removable Hard Drive Enclosure on Bjorn3D
CoolerMaster CoolDrive Lite (Silver) on OCwizard.com
Kingwin Supernova SN-213HTS Micro ATX Case on PC Apex
Apevia X-Pleasure Blue Aluminum Case on Overclockers Club
Cooler Master Mystique 631 on Phoronix

Scythe Infinity cooler on Hardwareoverclock Austria
Corsair Nautilus 500 on Club Overclocker
Corsair Nautilus 500 watercooling kit on Rbmods

Inno3D GeForce 7300GT SLi on AusFX
Mouse Grips v2.0 on ThinkComputers.org
Razer Armadillo Cable Management on Techgage
Matrix Orbital MX630 USB 2x20 Green PLED Display on FastLaneHW.com
Wacom Graphire4 6*8 Pen Tablet on Techgage
OtterBox Rugged Laptop Case on techFEAR
Logitech Premium USB Headset 350 on The TechZone
Altec Lansing VS2321 Powered Audio System on ThinkComputers.org

ABIT Recalls Some AN9 32X Motherboards (2 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 24-July-2006  18:53:20 (GMT +10) - by Agg

This from ABIT: After a series of heavy testing programs, our Quality Control test department has found that a small number of units from the early manufacturing of the AN9 32X product line has a hardware issue caused by heatsink component displacement due to accidental rough handling during shipments. This will cause high temperatures and possible overheating. Therefore, Universal abit has chosen to recall those AN9 32X and Fatal1ty AN9 32X motherboards that have been affected by this accident.

Units with the following serial numbers will be recalled:

Fatal1ty AN9 32X:
FAN93UDC000001 ~ FAN93UDC002713
FAN93UDD000001 ~ FAN93UDD001648

AN9 32X:
AN932UDC000001 ~ AN932UDC001407
AN932UDD000001 ~ AN932UDD001000

Units with the following serial numbers are certified problem free and will NOT be recalled:

Fatal1ty AN9 32X:
FAN93UDC002714 ~ FAN93UDC005422

AN9 32X:
AN932UDC001408 ~ AN932UDC002612

Shipping costs will be covered in full by Universal abit and its world-wide branch offices. All affected end-users should return said motherboards and abit will examine and repair them accordingly if needed.

More info here.

News Flashback - 2004 (2 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 23-July-2006  20:47:10 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Basically the same deal as the previous news post, but this time the stories are from 2004:

OCAU Avatar Mosaic
Breast Mousepads
2004 Home Computer
Sydney Storm Pics
Office prank pics
Hungry? (giant burger)
Time Warp Computer Prices
"Mad" Computer Junkies
Time Warp
Misc Bits
OCAU's new servers!
Become an OCAU Subscriber!
Friday Arvo Pics
Very Cool PC (in Ice Hotel)
A couple of pictures (incl Tux story)

Sunday Evening (6 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 23-July-2006  17:38:12 (GMT +10) - by Agg

HWSecrets have an A64 overclocking guide. In this tutorial we will cover Athlon 64 overclocking with several tips and tricks that even users with some overclocking experience will learn something new.

HardOCP interviewed NVIDIA about DIY Quad SLI. Although the GeForce 7950 GX2 is fully compliant with the PCI-Express specification, it was the first mass-produced graphics card design to use a PCI-E switch, and frankly it was unlike anything motherboard builders had seen before.

Bren spotted this funny Bush pilot video.

3DGameMan have a look back at their video reviews, having now done over 650 of them. Take a peek through 7 years of Rodney Reynolds Video Reviews. Rodney also explains how he got started doing video reviews and much more.

Timbot sent in these Ten tech-related YouTube clips that we apparently "shouldn't miss".

I've often wondered about this, and apparently it does happen. eWeek report on domains being registered simply because someone searches to see if they're available.

XYZComputing detailed how to build an S939 workstation.

From DavoRulz: Just a quick note on IE7: Beta 3 has been released recently. I’ve had a play with it, and while it seems more streamlined and a little bit more compatible with certain sites, it feels a lot more bloated. On my A64 3700 navigating through certain type of menus can bring my PC to it’s knees with 100% CPU usage. Hopefully Microsoft will optimise the final build of IE to be a bit more lenient on system resources. You can find more info on Microsoft’s website here.

If you like pictures of toasted or otherwise dead hardware, VIVIAN says there's loads on this page. Ouch, looking at those roasted AthlonXP's brings back some bad memories!

Eroda wants the world to know that there's a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie on the way, with trailers on Apple.com. Seems to be fully CGI. Turtle Power!

Darkness spotted a Team Fortress 2 Teaser Trailer on AusGamers Files. They also have a Half Life 2: Episode 2 teaser and a playable demo of GTR 2, the official simulation of the FIA GT championship.

Last but not least, a timewaster from PodgeSSS: Arrow Tag.

OCAU QuickLinks (1 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 23-July-2006  10:49:23 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Haven't mentioned these in a while - OCAU QuickLinks are a quick way to get around OCAU, using the ocau.com domain. They're a quicker way to get around the site when you're on someone else's PC or on a slow connection.

Sunday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 23-July-2006  10:20:33 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Corsair Nautilus 500 watercooling kit on TechARP.
Jetart Aquacool AK2000 watercooling kit on XSReviews.
Sythe Summit Mine CPU cooler on SilentPCReview.
Arctic Cooling Alpine budget CPU cooler on SilentPCReview.
Thermaltake Big Typhoon VX CPU cooler on PCModdingMy.
Zalman CNPS8000 low profile CPU cooler on ThinkComputers.

Audio / Visual:
Vosonic CP8360 100GB Multimedia Viewer on HWZone.
Matrox RT.X2 realtime HD video editing card on TrustedReviews.
ASUS AGEIA PhysX P1 physics card on PCPerspective.
Super Talent 2GB Mega Screen MP3/FM/Recorder on DriverHeaven.

Input Etc:
Logitech G5 Laser Gaming Mouse on TheTechZone.
Xtrac Pro HS Mousepad on ThinkComputers.
Logitech G3 Laser Mouse on Modders-Inc.
Razer Krait mouse on NGOHQ.
A4Tech X-750F on HWZone.

AMD Acquires ATI? (1 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 23-July-2006  04:07:40 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Well, after many weeks of rumours, it seems we can no longer ignore the suggestion that AMD is acquiring ATI. There's an article on DailyTech that covers a few of the current sources.

Sponsor Specials (5 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 23-July-2006  03:46:59 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The Conroe announcement and subsequent AMD price drops has lead to all kinds of interesting threads in our Sponsor Specials forum. Remember to keep it in mind when you're shopping around!

GM Building Hybrids for "Good Press" (31 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 22-July-2006  14:42:32 (GMT +10) - by Agg

According to Bob Lutz, Vice Chairman of General Motors, hybrid vehicles are "economically nonsensical". "Hybrids are technologically of doubtful benefit, and expensive, but necessary from a political and public relations point of view," Lutz told Just-Auto. "Toyota has said, economically, hybrids make no sense. The reduction in fuel [consumption] does not pay for the technological content and cost of the vehicle so therefore economically it remains fairly nonsensical, so that's the left-brain analytical argument."

More info here.

You've got questions, we've got flash memory (7 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 22-July-2006  03:38:33 (GMT +10) - by Agg

You may not be aware, but Andypoo (of SecretNet and podcast fame) is offering a 512MB (or perhaps bigger) USB Flash Drive to the person who submits the best question for the podcast, each week for the next little while. So far this week we have.. one person's submission! So it looks like they'll win if you don't email a better question to podcast@overclockers.com.au before we record Episode 16 on Sunday night. :)

Edit: err, 50+ submissions now. so that's enough for this week, ta. :)

News Flashback - 2005 (2 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 21-July-2006  13:53:46 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Now we can link news stories individually, I thought I'd go back through the archive and find some interesting posts from 2005 that are worth another look:

Screwed Motherboard
Sciby's OCAU Movie
Onboard lap from Project GSXR at Eastern Creek
Slipperyskip's amazing PC projects
Random Stuff
Happy Birthday Gords! (with OCAU cake)
AutoSalon Perth 2005 Pics
Misc Bits
New Server Bits
Friday Pics (server bits)
Celebrity Chainbolt!
Friday Afternoon Pics (including Nullarbor trip photos)
Michelin Tweel
Hail-damaged plane
Cool Pics (effects of extremely cold weather)
Bent Bits
Scary Bill Gates Pics
Random Pics

Friday Mega Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 21-July-2006  10:56:02 (GMT +10) - by aXi$te

Asus EN7600GT Silent on PCStats.com
HIS Radeon X1900XTX IceQ 3 Turbo on TweakTown
HIS Radeon X1900 XTX IceQ3 Turbo VIVO 512MB on Hardwarezone
Sapphire's liquid-cooled Toxic X1900 XTX on The Tech Report
BFG GeForce 7950 GX2 1GB PCI-E on Digit-life.com

Liberty ELT500AWT Modular Power Supply on Oz Case Modz
Powerware 5125 1000VA UPS on PCstats.com
SilverStone ELEMENT ST50EF 500w on NGOHQ.com
Thermaltake Toughpower 750W on Bjorn3D
OCZ GameXStreme 600 Watt on 3DXtreme
nMedia Mute Power MP-400 on Overclockers Online

ECS KA3-MVP AM2 on Virtual-Hideout
Tyan Tempest i5000XL on Phoronix
ECS RS482-M on Hardware Secrets
FOXCONN C51XEM2AA AM2 on Motherboards.org

Antec P180 on Team-HEXUS.net
Sunbeamtech Tuniq 2 on Hi-techreviews.com
Tuniq 2 ATX Case on Bigbruin.com
Enermax Chakra ATX Case on 3dGameMan.com

Zalman CNPS 8000 and CNPS 9500 coolers on DH
Tt Mini Typhoon on Overclockercafe.com
Zalman ZM-RF1 Reserator Fan Kit on OCIA.net
Asetek VapoChill LS on Guru3D

Toshiba Qosmio G30 on Cnet.com.au
Dell XPS M1710 Metallic Black 17-inch Notebook on PC Perspective
Dell Dimension 3100C on BIOS
Evesham Solar Extreme on Trusted Reviews

Memory / Storage:
Super Talent T1066UX1G5 DDR2 PC8500 on Pro-Clockers
Sandisk Extreme IV on fullboost.com.au
iRiver PMC-120 20GB Portable Multimedia Player on ThinkComputers.org
A-Data 2GB PC2-8000 Vitesta Extreme Edition on Techgage.com
Vizo Paragon 2.5" One Touch Backup HDD on ThinkComputers.org

Camera / Printer:
Lexmark X3480 Multi-Function Printer on Trusted Reviews
Nikon Coolpix P3 8.1MP Digital Camera on Techgage.com
Casio Exilim EX-Z1000 Compact Digital Camera on Trusted Reviews

Prey review + X-Fi optimisations on Bit-tech
Prey on TechDomain
Wilson Software Inc.Turbo Texas Hold'em V6.0 on Futurelooks

Enermax Crystal Keyboard on Neoseeker.com
WolfClaw Devour Game Board on XSReviews

Samsung SGH-X820 Ultra Edition on Hardwarezone.com
Samsung T609 Mobile on Digital Trends

Friday Morning (8 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 21-July-2006  03:44:04 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Congrats to Grosby and husband Chris, who are now the proud parents of a bouncing baby boy. :)

Anandtech have a hefty Conroe Buyer's Guide, while FiringSquad have a guide to tweaking Core 2 for more performance. GDHardware meanwhile have an interview with Intel about Conroe.

From Silicon Angel, a critical vulnerability in certain D-Link routers. The vulnerability affects the Local Area Network (LAN) interface of several of D-Link's consumer-grade routers, and a company spokesperson said the networking vendor has released patches for download on its website.

The "Multi-GPU World Tour" continues, with HARDiNFO providing a pile of benchmark results. This Multi-GPU World Tour is essentially 9 different sites working together to produce the largest and most comprehensive GPU review yet, featuring 6 multi-GPU setups and 60 benchmarks!

Speaking of which, Xbit report that NVIDIA have enabled quad-SLI for DIY users. "This driver is a Beta driver that enables Quad Nvidia SLI technology, allowing you to put two GeForce 7950 GX2 graphics cards in a single system with an Nvidia nForce SLI motherboard. This driver is strictly for end user Beta testing with two GeForce 7950 GX2 graphics cards only and is not intended for production," a statement by Nvidia reads.

Thetron spotted this page (translated from Japanese) which covers overclocking a DS Lite. But if the DS Lite is faster.. then my Brain Training results will be lower..

VR-Zone found a WiFi Hard Disk in Singapore. A 1.8" Hitachi 30GB Travelstar in the Wi Drive, up to 60GB potential in this small a form factor. Definitely qualified to be coined pocket sized.

Dink found something interesting in Google Earth. Note there's 2 pages to that article. Those among you who like your skies darkened by black helicopters are invited to mosey on down to the remote Chinese village of Huangyangtan which hosts what must be the strangest military installation ever spotted by the Google Earth Community.

From koopz: I noticed over @ EETimes that NVidia have won the deal to supply multimedia chips in the next iPod. Why the hell aren't these thing folding yet!@#%???

PodgeSSS spotted the latest fashion in invisibility cloaks. The wearer is moving in front of a television screen and colored backgrounds. Observe that his face is not covered by the wallpaper background displayed on the cloak. Very impressive. Plus, he has mad dance moves.

Digit-Life checked out the Core 2 Duo X6800, AKA the "Extreme Edition" Conroe. It was covered in our recent review too.

Not to be outdone, XbitLabs have a dual-core desktop CPU shootout. In this article you will find the latest data on the consumer features of Core 2 Duo, Pentium D and Athlon 64 X2 that have changed noticeably because of the new arrivals and price policy changes.

Timbot sent in this list of dumb internet criminals. The producers of Agg Townz Fights 2 were peddling their wares on the Internet for $15 to $20! I did what now?

Forum Emails (4 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 21-July-2006  00:45:08 (GMT +10) - by Agg

If you suddenly find you can't post, most likely you need to fix your email setting in UserCP and respond to the confirmation mail the system will send you. You should then be able to post, and within an hour, see the trading forums again.

Even if your forum account is ok, please quickly check your email is up to date. We receive thousands of bounced emails every day now, due to people not keeping their settings updated.

Remember, you need to use a non-free email with your OCAU forum account.

Thursday Morning (3 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 20-July-2006  03:06:17 (GMT +10) - by Agg

A bit more Conroe stuff. Motherboards.org have a Core 2 Extreme / Duo review, while Bit-Tech ponder memory timings and LegionHW overclock the E6700. MaXitmag looked at the low-end E6300 while LegitReviews compared the E6700 and A64 5000+.

BleedinEdge have a 3-part heatsink roundup.. so here's part 1, part 2 and part 3.

Marty noticed that THG have some PhysX food for thought. Since our previous article covering the Ageia PhysX processor we have continued our work in the labs to get a better handle on what this hardware can do.

From Parnet: Hope this news isn't too late.. i just wanted to mention on the front page that Winternals and Sysinternals have been bought out by Microsoft. download your system tools while you still can..

Adr_an spotted this computer game shop in Japan that is pretty insane. I felt like a kid in a candy store. I didn't know where to start.

Hexus have a 4-vendor roundup of Radeon X1900 XTX video cards. We grabbed Radeon X1900 XTXs from GeCube, ASUS, Sapphire and MSI - and ran them through the mill.

From Murray: Technology that helps airlines keep track of baggage and sounds an alarm when a shoplifter tries to leave the store may be able to stop surgeons from losing a sponge inside a patient, a study said on Monday.

Bit-Tech ponder the life of a Web Hermit. I'm sure I have no idea what they're talking about..

TweakGuides have a guide to Gamer's Graphics & Display Settings. I looked around and realised that many of the most basic and commonly used graphical and display-related settings such as FPS, Resolution, Refresh Rate, Triple Buffering and VSync are never really explained in sufficient detail in plain English, particularly with a gaming audience in mind.

ARS consider some Digital Rights Management issues from the last few years. Like it or not, DRM has become a fact of life in the 21st century. Ars takes a look at some of the more noteworthy hacks of the past several years and what the future might hold as Blu-ray and HD DVD take hold.

Interesting Forum Threads:
Finally you can find out actual CPU core temps....NOT mobo sensor in AMD Hardware.
Intel Slips In Sub-9W "Yonah" in Intel Hardware.
Zune - Microsoft's iPod Killer in Audio Visual.
Symantec Norton Antivirus deleting my files?! in General Software.
Easiest beginner PLC/PIC programming in Modding & Electronics.
How to power 4x 3W Star LED modules? in Modding & Electronics.
NZ to shrink coins, eliminate 5c: should Australia follow? in Current Events.

Fun with Portals and Physics (97 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 19-July-2006  16:47:32 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Sciby spotted this mind-bending video from Valve, demonstrating Portals:

From there I found the site fun-motion.com, which is a blog about physics-based games. I'm interested in knowing how people feel about this whole Physics Acceleration thing, which has become quite a buzzword lately. PhysX cards are here and soon we'll see GPU-powered physics acceleration from NVIDIA and ATI (recent info here and here). But, to be honest, I'm finding it hard to get excited about the technology and I don't really see what it can bring to the gaming experience that can't be provided by a fast CPU and GPU. Let me know your thoughts, in the Comments thread for this news post.

Newton's Cluster (1 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 19-July-2006  14:39:44 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Check out this six-PC cluster from Newton. Not bad for an HSC project!

Click for the thread!

More info in this thread, too.

Wednesday Morning (5 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 19-July-2006  04:14:50 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Sciby spotted this cool Media Mirror project. Media Mirror is an interactive video installation, in which over 200+ channels of live cable television are continuously arranged in real-time to form a mosaic representation of the person that stands in front of it.

Apparently not everyone liked the IT Girls calendar we mentioned a few days ago.. there was a US-based DDoS attack on their website. A separate aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of women in IT and highlight their diversity, but it is on these points that many critics are divided.

Anandtech recently checked out Intel's Woodcrest, their new server CPU. The new processor features a 4MB L2 cache shared between each of its two cores and a 1333MHz Dual-Independent Bus architecture. Clock speeds for the Woodcrest launch will start at 1.6GHz and top out at 3.0GHz, and power consumption for the parts will range from 65W to 85W for the top bin part (3.0Ghz).

Meanwhile THG reported on Intel's 32-core project, thanks Chris. Although it was designed to come up with architecture to beat the pants off Sun in the server market by 2010, Keifer may easily be the technical basis for future server and mainstream processors as well.

Extremetech have a series of articles talking to the people behind DX10. In Part 2, we turned our attention to the GPU manufacturers, interviewing ATI's CTO of the PC Business Group, Bob Drebin. Of course, asking one GPU manufacturer about its DX10 ideas is only getting half the story, so today we present an interview with Nvidia's Vice President of Technical Marketing, Tony Tamasi.

From Luke: I'm not sure if this has been covered at all - and it is kinda old news but I found it to be pretty interesting and handy. Its a tutorial on how to turn an iPod into a universal remote.

TechReport compared nForce 590 SLI boards from ASUS and Foxconn. The C51XEM2AA and M2N32-SLI Deluxe represent opposite ends of the nForce 590 SLI motherboard spectrum, but are they really so different?

Lithium-based batteries are getting more bad press, with suspicions they caused a UPS cargo aircraft fire last February. FAA official William Wilkening testified that there have been 60 incidents since 1991 that involved batteries catching on fire, smoking or getting hot. According to Wilkening, most of the batteries were lithium or lithium-ion.

Phoronix looked at Linux vs Windows performance with ATI drivers. Even for the Linux drivers being based upon the ATI Windows Catalyst suite, the frame-rate performance under Linux is one of the critical areas for improvement in this graphics battle.

The "multi-GPU world tour" continues on Bjorn3D, where they are picking out motherboards. Many concentrate on picking a good CPU and video card but forget that the road to a stable and fast system starts with the motherboard.

Dan's had enough of megapixels. If you pay extra for more resolution in a digital camera, you may be buying less than nothing.

From Murray, info on a tiny wireless "memory spot" that can store up to 100 pages of text. Developed over four years by HP Labs in Bristol, the chip is about the size of the head of a match and could potentially store a patient's medical chart on a hospital band, said Howard Taub, associate director at HP Labs.

Also from Murray, Microsoft releasing Virtual PC 2004 as a free download. The PC emulation package allows users to run multiple operating systems on a host PC, making it suitable for software developers and testers. The software previously cost around £90.

Hexus visited FSP Group, a PSU manufacturer. Over the course of four days in sweaty Taoyuan, I got a good picture of just how FSP Group go about producing a new model for retail, how their R&D group works to make it happen, how they self certify and how that all fits in to their overall product strategy for the supplies they expect you guys, the PC mainstream and enthusiast, to buy.

Wednesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 19-July-2006  02:50:44 (GMT +10) - by Agg

EPoX EP-9U1697 GLI S939 board on RojakPot.
Foxconn C51XEM2AA AM2 board on LostCircuits.
ABIT FATAL1TY AN9 32x NF 590 SLI AM2 board on OCW.

Corsair 2GB PC2-6400 C3 DDR2 on LegitReviews.
OCZ 2GB PC2-8000 Titanium VX2 on ProClockers.

Video Cards:
Sapphire Technology Radeon X1600 Pro HDMI 256MB on Hexus.
MSI NX7900GT-VT2D256E-HD on HWZone.
Sapphire Toxic Radeon X1900XTX on TweakTown.

A-Data Football Disk 512MB on TechPowerup.
Buffalo RUF2-S4G-BS USB Drive on OCOnline.
Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 SATA II HDD on A1-Electronics.
LaCie Biometric External HDD w/ Fingerprinter Reader on RegHW, thanks Kris.

Portable & Mini:
Sony VAIO VGN-AR11S Blu-ray Notebook on TrustedReviews.
Sony UX17GP Micro PC on HWZone.
HTC 'TyTN' Windows Mobile Smartphone on TrustedReviews.
Sony VAIO VGN-S72VP laptop on BIOSMag.
Shuttle SD37P2 mini-PC on SFFTech.

Cooler Master Mystique 631 (video review) on 3DGameMan.
NZXT Apollo on OCClub.
NZXT Apollo on OCClub.

Input Etc:
Everglide g-1000 Professional Gaming Mouse and Mouse Glidez on BigBruin.
XTrac Ripper XXL Mouse Surface on Techgage.
SmartJoy FRAG PS/2 to Xbox adapter on DriverHeaven.
Logitech V450 wireless laser notebook mouse on GeekExtreme.

Enermax UC-12EB 120mm Enlobal Case Fan on BigBruin.
Thermaltake Aquabay M6 reservoir on TechPowerUp.

Power Supply:
Thermaltake Toughpower 750W on Techspot.
Silverstone ST50EF 500W on Virtual-Hideout.
OCZ GameXStream 700W on XYZComputing.
Silverstone SST-ST75ZF 750W on MadShrimps.

Dell PowerEdge SC430 prebuilt server on TrustedReviews.
Sony SDM-E96D 19in Monitor on TrustedReviews.
Q3 Innovations Alcohawk personal breathalyzer on TweakNews.
Freespire Beta 1 Linux distro on Phoronix.

Podcast Episode 15! (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 18-July-2006  01:48:37 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Episode 15 of our podcast is now out. This week the focus is on Conroe, Intel's new CPU family. We have a half-hour interview with Chainbolt, the author of our Conroe review. Andypoo, Sciby and Agg also take time to answer a few questions, which results in some funny stories and recollections etc. This episode is also recorded in stereo, with slight stereo separation between hosts to help distinguish our voices.

You can grab this week's episode via iTunes here (you might need to subscribe (free!) in iTunes before you can see the new episode), or download the files direct from our server:

Normal Quality - 17MB
High Quality - 77MB

If you prefer the raw RSS feed, you can get that here, or an XML version here.

Comments in this thread please!

Discovery Begins Re-Entry (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 17-July-2006  22:20:29 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The Space Shuttle Discovery is currently firing its navigational motors in a "de-orbit burn" to slow it from orbital velocity and allow it to return to earth. You can watch on NASA TV and keep track of things in this thread.

Monday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 17-July-2006  21:06:12 (GMT +10) - by aXi$te

Corsair Nautilus 500 Water Cooler on Motherboards.org
Jetart Aluminium HCA01 Hard Disk Cooler on Techdomain
Corsair Nautilus 500 Overclocking on Madshrimps
Thermalright Ultra-120 CPU Heatsink on PC Perspective

NorthQ 4775-500S "Godzilla" PSU on DriverHeaven
OCZ GameXStream 600W Power Supply on PC Modding Malaysia
Thermaltake Matrix VX Case on UKGamer

Sennheiser MX500 Earphone on Techtin.com
HIS CrossFire Radeon X1600Pro Turbo 128MB Dual DVI Video Cards on BonaFideReviews
Saitek A-350 Wireless Headphones on Futurelooks

Input Etc:
Razer Mantis Gaming Surfaces on Virtual-Hideout
fUnc sUrface1030 Archetype MBA Mouse Pad on XYZ Computing

Toshiba Qosmio G30 on Hardwarezone.com
Coolermaster Xcraft HDD Enclosure on Rbmods.com
GNOME v2.15.4 on Phoronix
AlphaShield X2 Professional Firewall on Phoronix
ECS C19-A SLI 30-day Test Drive on techFEAR
nMedia ZE-C26 External USB 2.0 All-in-1 Card Reader on ThinkComputers.org
Matrix Orbital MX610 LCD Panel on Techgage

Happy Birthday OCAU! (66 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 17-July-2006  14:52:47 (GMT +10) - by Agg

7 years ago today I registered the overclockers.com.au domain name. Thanks guys, for turning OCAU into something way beyond what I could have imagined on that day. :)

toohot laptop! (9 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 17-July-2006  14:26:52 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's one way to stop your laptop overheating:

Click for the PCDB entry! (7 pics)

It keeps the laptop cool now so I don't get hot fingers typing on the keyboard.

Edit: just noticed someone has Dugg this story, so feel free if you're a member. :)

Sunday Night (12 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 16-July-2006  21:08:08 (GMT +10) - by aXi$te

Silent PC Review have a brief overview and guide for consumers seeking to minimise the power consumption of their computer gear, as seen in the Homepower Magazine Aug/Sep 2006 issue.

Hardware Secrets have updated their Athlon 64 quick reference tables. All new processors from AMD found on the stores nowadays are based on AMD's Athlon 64 architecture, also known as x86-64 or "hammer". In this tutorial we will list all Athlon 64, Athlon 64 FX and Athlon 64 X2 models released so far and the main differences between them." Also updated to include socket AM2 models.

When is a netcard not a netcard? When it is a Killer Network Interface Card on Internode Games Network News, also on Crowdedbrain, thanks Komodo.

Second Life lets you make, buy and sell property in-game. World of Warcraft specifically forbids you. Flickr is all about creating your own content. How should we handle user-generated content in MMO experiences? Bit-tech look at this in Who owns your virtual life?.

Adrians Rojak Pot have posted the Seagate 2006 Technology Briefing where they take a look at the 11 new products Seagate will be launching in the coming months.

From Scott: Tremulous is a free, open source game that blends a team based FPS with elements of an RTS. Players can choose from 2 unique races, aliens and humans. Players on both teams are able to build working structures in-game like an RTS. These structures provide many functions, the most important being spawning. The designated builders must ensure there are spawn structures or other players will not be able to rejoin the game after death. Other structures provide automated base defense (to some degree), healing functions and much more...

Dan has posted More Letters! In this issue: I-RAM imaging, ancient monitors, RAID disasters, Y-adapting fans, inefficient file transfers, fiddling with Windows' clock, more UPS batteries, and The Joy of Baluns.

APC Magazine have a few interesting articles posted, namely Free antivirus for Vista beta 2, 2GB notebook Ram that is now available, and the unveiling of Vodafones 1.83Mbit/s 3G Modem

Daztay sends word of a funny picture of a Steam Powered internet machine. The clever thing is the background chosen for the shot.

Firetech sent in a link on Overclockers.com, an interesting article on AMD's Conroe situation.

Microsoft Retracts Private Folder Option, and from the land of Tux, Fully Open Source NTFS Support Under Linux, both on Slashdot, thanks Nick.

Podgesss sends us this great little timewaster called Four Second Fury in which you have 4 seconds to complete different tasks and puzzles.

Win Stuff! (no, really) (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 15-July-2006  22:49:34 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Righto, the details of our latest contest are posted in this thread. This time, there IS some skill involved.

Edit: and what I forgot to put was this pic of the last lot of prizes (from the "cool stuff on the net" contest, and some secret sound winners):

Yet More Conroe (2 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 15-July-2006  18:42:56 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Firstly, Chainbolt has agreed to appear on our next Podcast episode and chat about Intel's new Conroe CPUs, in the wake of his review for OCAU. So feel free to suggest questions for that interview.

Secondly, eva2000 has posted a large report about his experiences overclocking a Core 2 Duo E6600, which seems likely to be the "sweet spot" of price/performance for Conroe. Plenty of info and screenshots etc:

Click for the article thread!

Finally, here's more coverage on other sites:

Saturday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 15-July-2006  15:45:28 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio / Visual:
ViewSonic VX2025wm 20.1 W/S LCD Monitor on A1-Electronics.
Toshiba Regza 42WLT66 - 42in LCD TV on TrustedReviews.
SwissBit s.beat MP3 Digital Audio Player on TrustedReviews.

ECS KA3-MVP Extreme CrossFire board on Motherboards.org.
Biostar TForce 6100 on OCIA.
Foxconn WinFast 6100K8MA-RS S939 w/ onboard video on HWSecrets.

500GB Enterprise Drive Roundup on StorageReview, thanks kasi.
Plextor 760A DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner on PCApex.
Thecus N5200 NAS Appliance 3.5TB network storage on Hexus.

Antec SOLO on Bjorn3D.
Ultra MicroFly SFF case on Modders-Inc.
Ultra MicroFly (video review) on 3DGameMan.

Portable & Mini:
Panasonic Toughbook CF-18 on HWZone.
Palm Treo 700p PDA phone on XYZComputing.
Acer Aspire 9410 laptop on BIOSMag.
Dell XPS M2010 mobile entertainment PC on HWZone.

Aerocool PowerWatch in-bay device on ThinkComputers.
Acer CP-8660 Digital Camera on TrustedReviews.
Revoltec Lightboard Advance and ThermoEye Temp LCD keyboard and temp display on Pro-Clockers.
nMedia Icetank CPU cooler on SilentPCReview.
Bluetake BT500+ Bluetooth Rechargeable Super Mini Mouse on PDAToday.
OCZ 2GB PC2-8000 Titanium Alpha VX2 on Techgage.
Ultra 1200W Backup UPS (video review) on 3DGameMan.

More Conroe Reviews (2 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 14-July-2006  18:07:21 (GMT +10) - by Agg

As well as OCAU's review, there's coverage of Intel's new CPUs on:There's discussion of these reviews in this thread.

Intel Core 2 Duo "Conroe" Review (36 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 14-July-2006  14:05:22 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Intel have unveiled their new microprocessor family, which will replace the Pentium 4 and eventually extend across their entire product line from mobile, to desktop, to server. It's called "Core 2 Duo", but we've known it as Conroe for a long time. With a more efficient design than the Pentium 4, 1066MHz FSB and dual cores that share a large (up to 4MB) L2 cache, will it be enough to wrestle the CPU performance crown from AMD's Athlon 64?

Chainbolt has prepared an in-depth review of the two high-end CPUs from this range, the 2.93GHz X6800 and the 2.67GHz E6700. There's loads of info, plenty of benchmarks, and of course, some overclocking:

Click for the review!

If you're a Digg user and you like this review, please Digg it!

Sponsor Specials (1 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 14-July-2006  13:25:02 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Remember to keep an eye on our Sponsor Specials Forum if you're in the market for something. Right now there's a lot of LCD monitor specials, and some Conroe-related items, too - and on that note, keep an eye on our newspage at about 2pm this afternoon.

OCAU Idol - Grand Final! (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 14-July-2006  10:08:15 (GMT +10) - by Agg

It's down to the five finalists in our "OCAU Idol" contest. Some of our finalists have used backing instruments to enhance their performance, which may or may not make their song more appealing. Its purely up to you and your reasoning to decide who deserves to be crowned the OCAU Idol winner.

You can check out all the original entrants in this thread, too.

Folding Reminder! (12 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 13-July-2006  19:05:43 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Is your PC sitting around bored most of the time? Make it do some real work for a change, by donating your idle CPU cycles to Folding@Home. This runs quietly in the background, without affecting your use of the PC, and simulates protein folding to help find cures for diseases such as cancer. You can also have fun competing to have your PC (or PC's) complete more work-units than others. For more info, see our Folding page or our Team OCAU forum. For a quick "how to start" guide, see this page.

We're currently the #2 team in the world - help us regain first place!

mariposaHD (36 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 13-July-2006  18:51:34 (GMT +10) - by Agg

From Feartec, info on a free 1400x1080p HDTV show he describes as half fashion, half adventure - beware tho, it's up to 2GB per episode! Also, possibly a bit too babelicious to qualify for "work safe".

mariposaHD is the world's first High Definition TV series distributed directly on the Internet. And it's free. mariposaHD is recorded, edited, and distributed in the full 1920x1080 pixel resolution of the 1080i standard. We distribute mariposaHD using the BitTorrent peer-to-peer software. With a broadband Internet connection, you can download and watch mariposaHD on your PC, your HDTV, or even a video iPod.

mariposaHD is produced by four ordinary guys who quit their jobs, moved to South America, and decided to make a TV show. We film everything with HDV camcorders and edit the video on a PC in our living room. You can download mariposaHD for free from our Web site, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from anywhere in the world. mariposaHD is distributed under a Creative Commons license which means that you can keep it, copy it, and share it forever as long as you don't charge for it or alter it.

Torrent Links:
Episodes 01: http://www.mariposahd.tv/s01e01
Episodes 02: http://www.mariposahd.tv/s01e02
Episodes 03: http://www.mariposahd.tv/s01e03
Episodes 04: http://www.mariposahd.tv/s01e04

Thursday Evening (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 13-July-2006  18:43:47 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Sniper spotted this interesting copy-protection flaw in Blu-Ray and HD-DVD. Computer magazine c't has discovered that the first software players running on Windows XP allow screenshots of the movies to be created in full resolution. To do so, you only need to press the Print key on your keyboard while the movie is running. Such a screenshot function could then be automated to produce copies of HD movies both from Blu-ray Discs and from HD DVDs picture by picture. As c't calculated, the performance of current PC systems is sufficient for a clean recording using this procedure. What'll they think of next. :)

LegionHW wondered if using two slower cards in SLI is worthwhile. The benefit of two GeForce 7300GT cards such as the Gigabyte ones used in this article, is that they are passively cooled and produce very little heat, even when overclocked

TheTechZone have a guide to wireless security. For a start, most of the wireless base stations sold by suppliers come with the in-built security Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) protocol turned off. This means that unless you manually reconfigure your wireless access points, your networks will be broadcasting data that is unencrypted.

From lostintranslation: Microsoft and Yahoo have finally released versions of Windows Live and Yahoo Messenger that allows users on both networks to communicate with each other. Info here and here.

LegitReviews cover building your own Core Duo Gaming Notebook. It's been nearly one year since Legit Reviews has written an article on building your own custom whitebox gaming notebook and boy how times have changed.

From Nick: VMware has released v1.0 of their VMware Server product for free.

PenStarSys have part 1 of a giant multi-GPU article. In the spring of this year nine sites around the world decided to work together on a single, comprehensive article covering the multi-GPU space. Part 2 is here on Bit-Tech.

Microsoft have copped a 280M Euro (AUD $473M) fine for not complying with an earlier anti-trust ruling. More info here.

From Ma77: Tuesday was D-Day for Windows 98, 98 SE and ME users. After some extensions, Microsoft finally ended its association with the eight-year-old Windows 98 operating system by dropping all support and updates on July 11th. Info here and here.

HWSecrets compared Intel's ViiV and AMD's Live!, both standards for digital entertainment PC's.

LegitReviews compared budget and inbuilt graphics. So what we did learn here? That integrated video is slower compared to even the least expensive cards on the market including an add-in board with the same name. The X300 was much faster while the 6200TC was easily capable of doubling the performance of the integrated video in all but one situation.

Thursday Evening Reviews #2 (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 13-July-2006  18:11:33 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
AMD Athlong64 FX-62 CPU on NeoSeeker.
Abit KN9 SLI nForce 570 SLI board on Hexus.
AMD Athlon 64 3000+ AM2 CPU on TechSpot.
ECS 945G-M3 VIIV motherboard on GamePyre.

Zalman CNPS-9500-AM2 CPU cooler on NeoSeeker.
Thermalright HR-01-K8 CPU cooler on Techgage.
Revoltec Thermoeye thermometer on ThinkComputers.

Enermax Chakra midtower on Virtual-Hideout.
Cooler Master Mystique on XYZComputing.
Lian Li PC-S80 quiet case on DansData.
SilverStone Lascala LC20M on Phoronix.

Storage & Memory:
Super Talent 2.5" IDE Flash HDD on TechReport.
OCZ PC3200 DDR Special Ops Edition 2GB on BigBruin.
G.Skill DDR500 F1-4000USI2-2GB on OCClub.
OCZ PC2-7200 Platinum XTC 2GB on Virtual-Hideout.
Thermaltake SilverRiver 2.5 laptop HDD enclosure on TheTechZone.

Video Cards:
MSI 7900GT, PowerColor X1900GT and Connect3D X1900GT on DriverHeaven.
ASUS EN7900GT TOP on HotHardware.
PowerColor X1300 on OCClub.
MSI GeForce 7600GT on PCStats.
XFX 7600GT XX Edition on PCPerspective.

Nikon Coolpix P3 on HWZone.
VIZO UFO USB Hub on Techgage.
AeroCool PowerWatch in-bay device on Hi-TechReviews.
D-Link DI-724U Wireless 108G QoS Router on FutureLooks.
Coopers Original Pale Ale on AustralianBeers, thanks brodsta.

Thursday Evening Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 13-July-2006  17:26:54 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio / Visual:
Super Talent 2GB MEGA Screen MP3/FM/Video Media Player on BonaFideReviews.
Neuros MPEG4 Recorder 2 on XYZComputing.
Everglide s-500 Professional Gaming Headphones on BigBruin.
Logitech Z-5450 Wireless Speakers on TrustedReviews.
Ultrasone HFI-700 Stereo Headphones on BonaFideReviews.
SteelSound 5H USB headset on TechPowerUp.
Samsung 203B LCD monitor on OCOnline.

Microsoft Windows Vista Beta 2 part 3 on ARP.
Parallels Desktop 1.0 for Mac OS X to run Windows or Linux on a Mac, on ARSTechnica.
Prey PC Game on TechGage.
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion game on LANAddict.
Ubuntu 6.06 LTS Linux distro on AseLabs.

Input Etc:
Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
Saitek Pro Gamer Command Unit on ThinkComputers.
ExactGame 9000 Pro gaming mouse on A1-Electronics.
Revoltec Lightboard Avanced Keyboard on Virtual-Hideout.
Xtrac Ripper XXL Gaming Mat on ThinkComputers.
Zboard MERC Gaming Keyboard on Guru3D.

Power Supply:
Ultra Power Supply Tester (video review) on 3DGameMan.
Coolermaster RS-430-ASAA on RBMods.
Antec Neo HE 550 on Bjorn3D.

Wolfclaw II Gaming Keyboard (27 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 12-July-2006  13:26:01 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Sciby checked out this gaming keyboard aimed squarely at FPS'ers. Will it turn you into a coldly efficient killing machine?

Click for the review!

Wednesday Morning Mega-Reviews (4 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 12-July-2006  03:24:41 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Video Cards:
Sapphire Radeon X1600 XT Ultimate on HWSecrets.
PowerColor Radeon X1600 Pro 512MB on HWSecrets.

Thermalright XP-90C CPU cooler on TechPowerUp.
Zalman VF700-AlCu VGA heatsink on FrostyTech.
Zalman ZM-STG1 Super Thermal Grease on BigBruin.
Cooler Master Hyper L3 LGA775 CPU cooler on PCApex.
Enermax Marathon Englobal fan on Phoronix.
Asetek Waterchill Extreme Watercooling Kit on OCClub.

Power Supply:
Mushkin XP-650 Enhanced on Gruntville.
OCZ GameXStream 700W on Techgage.
Kingwin Absolute Power 600W (video review) on 3DGameMan.
CoolerMaster eXtreme Power Duo 650W on Pro-Clockers.

Mushkin Redline XP2-8000 DDR2 updated review on Bjorn3D.
OCZ DDR2 PC2-5400 Special Ops Edition on Techspot.

Antec NSK2400 Micro-ATX on Virtual-Hideout.
POWMAX 3304 Black mATX (video review) on 3DGameMan.
Asys Freedom CK-1022-6 tower on OCIA.
Tuniq 2 tower on Virtual-Hideout.
Antec P180 on OCModShop.
Silverstone TJ08 Mini-TX on MadShrimps.

Cameras & Printers:
Pentax *ist DL2 digital SLR camera on TrustedReviews.
HP LaserJet 1018 Personal Laser printer on TrustedReviews.
Canon PowerShot S3 IS compact digicam on BIOSMag.
Sony Cybershot DSC-W70 digicam on WindowsAtoZ.

Portable & Mini:
E-Ten M600+ Windows Mobile device on TrustedReviews.
MSI Mega mPC 945 SFF on HotHardware.
Samsung X60 Centrino Duo Notebook on TrustedReviews.
Dell XPS M1210 laptop on BIOSMag.

Brando Skype USB Phone on BonaFideReviews.
NOVOGO V30 SatNav on UKGamer.
CoPilot Live 6 smartphone GPS navigation on ExtremeMHz.
T-Mobile Nokia N70 and ALK CoPilot Live 6 for Symbian on TrustedReviews.
Nokia N71 clamshell phone on TrustedReviews.
Cobra PR 245-2 VP Walkie-Talkies on Monster-Hardware.

Networking & Bluetooth:
TRENDnet TEW-429UF 512MB USB Flash Drive Wi-Fi Finder on LaptopGamers.
Belkin Bluetooth Wireless USB Printer Adapter on BlueTomorrow.
AZIO BTD603-133 USB Bluetooth Adapter on ThinkComputers.
NetGear RangeMax NEXT DG834N wireless router on TrustedReviews.

Logisys HD-Silencer on Hi-TechReviews.
Cooler Master X Craft USB enclosure on 3DGameMan.
Brando USB 2.0 to SATA / IDE Cable on Pro-Clockers, our review here.

OCAU Podcast Episode 14 (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 11-July-2006  03:38:11 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Episode 14 of our podcast is now out. Despite there being very little in the way of interesting news this week, Sciby, Andypoo and I still managed to waffle on for nearly an hour. I also experimented with putting music between topics in this episode, so it's ended up sounding like a podcast about nothing, recorded in a disco! I bet you're just itching to download this one.. :)

You can grab this week's episode via iTunes here (you might need to subscribe (free!) in iTunes before you can see the new episode), or download the files direct from our server:

Normal Quality - 13MB
High Quality - 53MB

If you prefer the raw RSS feed, you can get that here, or an XML version here.

Comments in this thread please!

Monday Evening (19 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 10-July-2006  18:08:38 (GMT +10) - by Agg

From Dink: This website is attempting to fight the DMCA style laws waiting to be introduced in Australia. It is run by Linux Australia.

Tech-Report checked out the new CrossFire Xpress 3200 offerings from Abit and DFI. With some calling DFI the new Abit, we thought it only fitting to pit these two companies' latest Athlon 64 motherboards against each other head to head.

Here's an interesting video of drag cars filmed using a 1000-fps camera, showing how much the tyres distort and other interesting things you can't normally see.

Dewy noticed this Australian girls of IT calendar being organised. "The IT Screen Goddesses Calendar features beautiful photos of real women working in the IT industry, in poses inspired by movie goddesses old and recent," the group says on its website. Strangely the article doesn't link their website, but Google turned it up here.

OCModShop look back at the Radeon experience. So one day I thought, "How fun it would be to compare the Radeons I’ve owned." Well, what started as my own little comparison has become a much larger project, and has turned out to be a very enjoyable blast from the past to look at the roots of our present day Radeons.

On the other side of the GPU fence, Hexus checked out GeForce 7900 GT, 7900 GTX and 7600 GT OC cards from BFG. BFG Tech were gracious enough to provide their OC examples of all three products, two-up for some SLI testing.

TechDomain have a "born again" article about Overclocking the Athlon XP-M CPUs. This article covers my personal experiences of overclocking the AMD Athlon XP-M chip and all of the barriers encountered. While it isn’t a comprehensive guide for beginners, it does cover many important aspects of overclocking.

Getting a little silly now - Moggity spotted this Turbo PC.. with a real turbo. As for the cooling system, an LED case fan just wasn't going to be original enough. Instead, our case fan is a turbocharger commonly found on late 1990's Mitsubishi Eclipses and Eagle Talons.

If you're a member of our hidden Conspiracy Forum, you might be interested in these advanced tinfoil hat designs from Daztay. With your homemade tin foil hat, your brain is safe.

Lexar's Firefly range of USB drives may be unfortunately living up to its name, with a recall issued due to a "potential to overheat". The device, which comes in 256MB, 512MB, 1GB and 2GB flavours, has been removed from store shelves and Lexar is asking any Australians who have purchased the device to "stop using the product immediately and return the product to Lexar head office for a replacement".

Monday Evening Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 10-July-2006  17:29:27 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Abit AT8 32X S939 board on ByteSizedReviews.
ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe WiFi AM2 board on Phoronix.
ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe WiFi on Bit-Tech.
Foxconn C51XEM2AA-8EKRS2H AM2 board on OCW.
Tyan Tiger i7520SD S5365 Dual Xeon board on Phoronix.
Foxconn 975X7AA-8EKRS2H i975 LGA775 board on ViperLair.

Crucial PC2-8000 DDR2 on 3DGameMan.
OCZ DDR2 PC2 7200 Platinum XTC EPP on OCOnline.
OCZ DDR PC-3200 2GB Special Ops Edition on ThinkComputers.

Video Cards:
Gigabyte GeForce 7300GT 256MB DDR2 on HWZone.
PowerColor X1900 GT on Bjorn3D.
EVGA e-GeForce 7900GTX 512MB SLI on Motherboards.org.

Input Etc:
XG Laser 2500 & Optical 2000 Mice (video review) on 3DGameMan.
Enermax Aurora Aluminium Keyboard on Virtual-Hideout.
SteelSeries SteelPad 5L mousepad on OCClub.
SteelPad S&S mousepad on Techgage.
DAS Keyboard II on XYZComputing.
Revoltec Lightboard Advanced Electroluminescent Keyboard on Hi-TechReviews.

FIFA World Cup Final! (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 10-July-2006  02:38:55 (GMT +10) - by Agg

So, it's all boiled down to France vs Italy, kicking off at 4am AEST tonight. Once again, keep on track of developments in this thread in our Major Sporting Events forum!

Where's this PC from? (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 9-July-2006  19:01:27 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's an interesting thread, from Dutch_Wink. He posted these two pics, with the challenge "Guess where this PC came from?":

Click to enlarge!

Guesses and the answer in this thread.

Wiki Wanderings (2 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 9-July-2006  16:59:10 (GMT +10) - by Agg

OCAU's Wiki is hugely busy now, with plenty of updates almost every day. If you've been thinking of writing (or even just starting) a guide to something, the Wiki is the perfect place for it.

Here's some newer pages:
Radio Control
Wireless Network Security
Importing from the United States

And some really big well-established pages:
Extreme Cooling
Power Supply Unit
CPU Guide
Xbox FAQ
OCAU Guide to Building a PC
Interesting Places to Photograph
Google Maps Australia Locations
WoW Contact List
Guild Wars
Freeware & Open Source
Time Wasters

Saturday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 8-July-2006  14:02:47 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio / Visual:
Budget HDTV Roundup on TrustedReviews.
Viewsonic VP2130b 21in Monitor on TrustedReviews.
BDI Avion 8529 Stand with 8540 Plasma Mount on eCoustics.
Sling Media Slingbox personal encoder/transmitter on BIOSMag.
Sling Media Slingbox personal encoder/transmitter on TrustedReviews.
Samsung SyncMaster 940BF 19" LCD on TheTechLounge.
Creative Fatal1ty Professional Series and Aurvana Headphones on HWZone.
Dell 19" UltraSharp E196FP LCD on Techgage.
Super Talent 2GB MEGA Screen MP3 Player on Techfear.
Creative Zen Aurvana In-Ear Headphones on TrustedReviews.
Samsung 21" LCD Monitor on Bit-Tech.
Creative Sound Blaster X-FI XtremeMusic sound card on Modders-Inc.

Micro Machines V4 PC game on Hexus.
Space Rangers 2 PC game on GamePyre.

OCZ Mini-Kart 1GB flash drive on ByteSector.
Western Digital Scorpio quiet laptop HDD on SilentPCReview.
Corsair Flash Voyager USB2.0 flash drive on TheTechZone.
Enermax Intelligent Backup Enclosure on Pro-Clockers.

Ultimate GeIL Champion 06 (29 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 7-July-2006  16:12:56 (GMT +10) - by Agg

AMI Technologies and GeIL are teaming up with an interesting contest. You can win prizes, then compete against some hardcore CounterStrike players, and then take revenge on them in real-life paintball! For details see the flyer below:

Click for the 450KB image!

Friday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 7-July-2006  14:41:27 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Mmm.. pub lunch.

Zalman VF700-AlCu LED VGA cooler on FrostyTech.
Spire VertiCool II CPU cooler on ThinkComputers.
Sunbeam Silent Whisper CPU cooler on GideonTech.
Spire VertiCool II and DiamondCool II CPU coolers on DriverHeaven.
Scythe Samurai Z CPU cooler on Gamershell.
Lian Li NC-01 notebook cooler on OCrCafe.
Zalman VF900-Cu VGA cooler on FrostyTech.
Zalman CNPS8000 CPU cooler on BigBruin.

Video Cards:
Galaxy GeForce 7900GT on PureOC.
nVIDIA GeForce 7900GTX on HWSecrets.
XFX GeForce 7950 GX2 570M 1GB DDR3 XXX on HWZone.
Inno3D GeForce 7300GT DDR3 SLI on PCModdingMy.
HIS Radeon X1600 Pro 128MB Single & Crossfire on Guru3D.
HIS X1300 512MiB HyperMemory 128MiB DDR2 x1 PCIe on Hexus.
Sapphire X800 GTO 256MB AGP on PCApex.

Kingston HyperX PC3200 KHX3200AK2/2G 2GB on PCModdingMy.
Kingston HyperX DDR2-800 2GB on HotHardware.
Super Talent T800UX2GC4 PC2-6400 2GB on OCOnline.
Crucial Ballistix PC2-5300 DDR2 2GB on PCStats.
Corsair Twin2X2048-8500C5 2GB DDR2 on Virtual-Hideout.
Mushkin XP2-6400 2GB on ByteSizedReviews.
Crucial PC2-6400 2GB on NeoSeeker.

Friday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 7-July-2006  03:22:06 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Portable & Mini:
Samsung Q1 UMPC ultra-portable on HWZone.
OtterBox 7000 Series laptop case on ThinkComputers.
HP iPAQ rw6868 PDA on HWZone.
Blackberry 8700c PDA phone on XYZComputing.
O2 Xda Atom Exec PDA on Cnet.
Averatec 4155 Ultra-Portable Widescreen Laptop on BIOSMag.

Power Supply:
XG Magnum 600W External (video review) on 3DGameMan.
Kingwin Absolute Power ABT-600CW on Virtual-Hideout.
Thermaltake Toughpower 750W on PCPerspective.

Nikon Coolpix S4 digicam on Techgage.
Microsoft LifeCam VX-6000 Webcam on HWPacers.

Thermaltake Mozart HTPC case on TheTechZone.
Thermaltake Aguila mid-tower on BigBruin.
CoolerMaster Centurion 534 on Motherboards.org.
ICute 0508ULA case with big fan on OCClub.
Antec Atlas Quiet Mini Server Mid-Tower on A1-Electronics.
Silverstone TJ07 on RBMods.

Discovery docks with ISS (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 7-July-2006  00:59:30 (GMT +10) - by Agg

NASA TV is interesting at the moment, with Discovery having just docked with the International Space Station a few minutes ago. Mission thread here.

Thursday Morning News & Threads (8 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 6-July-2006  02:58:51 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Sniper noticed this interesting dual-core optimisation utility from AMD. There's a lot of discussion about what this actually does here in our AMD Hardware forum.

From VooDoo, an article about metal body grafts. A TEAM of British scientists has overcome one of the great challenges of modern medicine by developing technology that allows skin to bind with metal without causing infection, improving the prospect of bionic limbs. Early clinical trials on a group of patients who have lost limbs, fingers and thumbs, including two people injured in the July 7 London bombings a year ago, are described as very promising. I bags a skull-gun! Thread here, thanks Zzapped.

Bjorn3D have an article about PCI RAID controllers. In preparation for Part 2 we decided to limit the targeted controllers to those that still function in either a 32 or 64 bit, 33 MHz or 66 MHz PCI slot and support SATA or SATA II drives.

DriverHeaven took a look at some PC2-8500 memory from Geil and Corsair. Additionally we'll take the world’s first look at Abit's new Fatality AN9 32x SLI motherboard. Abit are not the first to market with an AM2 board however they do produce some of the most feature packed products which perform to the highest level.

BenZor spotted this 715Mpixel pic of Sydney at night.. very cool. I can almost see into my old office window, wow. Anyway, discussion and "who can find this?" games in this thread in The Pub.

OCW have info on an ASRock board that can not only be upgraded from S754 to S939, but now supports AM2. If you own the K8Upgrade-1689 Socket 754, you are in luck. Thanks to ASRock, thehy have released a new BIOS upgrade which allows you to upgrade the S754 board to Socket 939 (already available since 2004) and now to Socket AM2!

Azrael has more info on the worm that looks like WGA. The Cuebot-K worm spreads via AOL Instant Messenger, registering itself as a new system driver service called 'wgavn'. It carries the display name 'Windows Genuine Advantage Validation Notification', and runs automatically during system startup.

Tech-Hounds revisit SLI with modern GPUs. Even with the addition of vertex shader units and much higher clocked core, the GeForce 7600GT SLI behave in a similar way to the GeForce 6600 SLI and 7800GTX SLI. With a hit-or-miss proposition on performance and a surpassed quality offering, the only advantage SLI has at the moment for users is ease of installation.

Bit-Tech have a lengthy article considering the ethics of video-game violence and kids. But the potential for violence to leap out of the game world into reality is not the only danger. Your health could be at risk as well. In August 2005, a 28-year-old South Korean man collapsed in an Internet café in the city of Taegu after a 50-hour Starcraft session. He hadn’t slept at all or eaten much during his mammoth bout of ‘real-time strategy’. The end result was death from heart failure induced by exhaustion.

Interesting Forum Threads:
Gigabit file copy only averages 40MB/s, should be at least 60MB/s in Networking & Internet.
Recommend me "Extreme" silence in Extreme Cooling.
Native threads per core: Woodcrest/Kentsfield in Intel Hardware.
Fake 1GB Sandisk SD Memory Cards in Storage, Backup & Memory.
AT LAST!! New X-FI non beta drivers! in PC Audio.
3D Sound and Digital Cables - Why your games are in stereo only in PC Audio.
My Shuttle plane/LAN adventure in Portable & Small Form Factor computing.
North Korea tests "long-range missile" in Current Events.
Which avenue to explore? in Graphics & Programming.
Welcome Albeeny :) in Team OCAU.
Windows Notepad Easter Egg in The Pub.

Thursday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 6-July-2006  01:16:20 (GMT +10) - by Agg

ECS KA3-MVP Extreme ATi RD580+SB600 AM2 board on OCW.
ASrock AM2XLI-eSATA2 ULi M1697 AM2 board on OCW.
Commell LV-667 mini-ITX board on EPIACenter.
ASRock AM2V890-VSTA AM2 board on HWZone.
ASUS P5WD2-E Premium LGA775 board on ThinkComputers.
ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe AM2 board on TechSpot.
ASUS A8R32-MVP Deluxe S939 CrossFire board on LegitReviews.
MSI K9N SLI Platinum AM2 SLI board on Hexus.

Input Etc:
ZBoard Fang Gamepad on 3DXtreme.
SteelSeries Steelpad 5L Mousepad on RBMods.
ExactPad Prestige Glass mousepad on A1-Electronics.

Video Cards:
Diamond Viper X1900XT on TechPowerup.
XFX Overclocked GeForce 7900GT on HWSecrets.
Palit GeForce 7900GT Sonic 512MB in SLI on TweakTown.

Nintendo DS Lite (8 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 5-July-2006  14:38:24 (GMT +10) - by Agg

As mentioned in Episode 12 of the OCAU Podcast, thetron has written a review of Nintendo's DS Lite portable game console in our Wiki. This modern take on a Nintendo handheld includes voice recognition, a touch-screen and even has WiFi!

Click for the Wiki review!

The DS Lite has attracted quite a following, even among people who (like me) don't have much interest in the traditional Mario Bros / Sonic the Hedgehog type games. As I explained in the podcast, I use mine exclusively for the "Brain Training" games. But with the Opera web browser on the way and rumours of a Skype client, not to mention a growing "homebrew firmware" and modding community, it's an interesting little gadget indeed.

In our Games Consoles forum the DS and DS Lite have some dedicated threads:

DS Lite Owners Club & General Discussion
Nintendo DS Flashing Helpers List & Locations
Nintendo DS Homebrew
Nintendo DS WiFi Connection Friend Code Listing
Nintendo DS WiFi Connection Discussion
Nintendo DS - Just keeps getting better

OCAU News RSS Feed - Beta (35 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 5-July-2006  04:36:41 (GMT +10) - by Agg

We now have an RSS feed which will contain the headlines of current stories on the news page. Consider this a "beta" feed as I'm still getting my head around this RSS stuff. :) If you're an RSS user, feedback is appreciated.

The feed is here: http://www.overclockers.com.au/files/ocau_news.rss

I've been playing around with www.netvibes.com as a pretty cool way to test RSS feeds, so give that a go if you don't have a preferred client yet.

Discovery Launch, Take 3 (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 5-July-2006  01:10:49 (GMT +10) - by Agg

At about 4:30am AEST, Discovery is scheduled to launch on its mission to rendesvous with the International Space Station. There's a running text commentary here on SpaceFlightNow, or you can watch NASA TV's coverage (currently showing the astronauts in convoy to the launch pad) here. OCAU's Current Events thread for this launch is here. Weather looks good for launch, fingers crossed!

Edit: woo!

SmartJoy Dual Plus PS2-USB Converter (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 4-July-2006  21:59:58 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's another forum review. This time Bearz checks out a way to connect up to two PlayStation 2 controllers to your PC. This makes for a much better way to control console-type games than using the normal PC keyboard etc:

Click for the Forum thread!

Tuesday Evening (5 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 4-July-2006  18:48:09 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Here's a blast from the past, a look back at ABIT's BP6 dual-celeron board from 1999 that brought SMP to the enthusiast's desktop. I actually still have mine, which was my main PC for a while, and then powered OCAU for about 18 months.

From Fester2001, a report denying a WGA Kill Switch from Microsoft. Meanwhile, more confirmation that they are dropping it anyway, thanks Murray. Now Microsoft has reacted to user anger by switching off the boot-up check. The company has retained another tool, WGA Validation, which checks back periodically with Microsoft headquarters.

There's an interesting report on IHT about Google's DIY approach. Even as it spends more than $1.5 billion this year on operations centers and technology, most of the hundreds of thousands of servers it will deploy are being custom-made from Google's eccentric designs.

Check out these amazing dust paintings that someone makes on the back window of their car. When the dust gets thick on the back window of his Mini Cooper, Scott Wade uses it as a canvas to create temporary works of art.

The Space Shuttle Discovery's twice-delayed launch will apparently not be stopped by the latest concern about insulation foam. The decision means that Florida's unsettled skies will again be the major launch constraint, and forecasters have put the probability of weather prohibiting today's liftoff - slated for 2:38 p.m. - at 40 percent. Updates etc in this forum thread.

PCMech have a guide to setting up a windows-share server under Linux, using Samba. Even a computer as slow as 500 Mhz will run a Samba server just fine, so if you have any old computers around you might as well give it a try. Finally, Samba is very customizable and tweakable, offering much more detailed control than Window file sharing.

LegionHW compared NVIDIA's 570 SLI and 590 SLI chipsets for AM2 processors. The nForce 590 SLI also includes a total of 46 PCI Express lanes, meaning SLI mode can operate at full speed. By this I mean both PCI Express x16 slots will operate at full speed when using two graphics cards. This is not a feature of the nForce 570 SLI chipset, which only operates each SLI card at PCI Express x8.

Bit-Tech have an extreme-cooling Lian Li project. We follow the progression of a PC70 mod that not only adds a Prometia box on the bottom, but a watercooling box on top.

TrustedReviews have a digicam tutorial, focussing (ho ho) on Exposure & Metering. If you're a shutterbug, or would like to be, check out our extremely busy Photography Forum.

What do you call a toothbrush with bluetooth? A Bluetoothbrush, of course, thanks Tim. Probably not coming soon to a chemist shelf near you, though. :)

Computer Alliance - Major Sponsor for 5 Years! (10 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 4-July-2006  02:20:13 (GMT +10) - by Agg

How about a round of applause for Computer Alliance? This month marks FIVE YEARS since they came onboard as an OCAU Major Sponsor. A Brisbane-based retailer with an impressive online presence, you should definitely consider them next time you're shopping around. Without their support, OCAU wouldn't be the success it is today. Thanks to Jason, Adam, Ken and the rest of the staff!

Edit: and Peter, James and Mitch :)

OCAU Podcast Spooky Episode 13! (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 3-July-2006  23:37:27 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Episode 13 of our podcast is now out. In this episode: Spooky theme music! Plus site updates, annoying contest laws, WGA disabled, transparent laptops, Reservoir Dogs being banned, FON wireless, periodic table waffling, a secret sound that doesn't suck, Blu-Ray vs HD-DVD, etc.

You can grab this week's episode via iTunes here (you might need to subscribe (free!) in iTunes before you can see the new episode), or download the files direct from our server:

Normal Quality - 11MB
High Quality - 45MB

If you prefer the raw RSS feed, you can get that here, or an XML version here.

Comments in this thread please!

Monday Night Reviews (2 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 3-July-2006  20:57:18 (GMT +10) - by aXi$te

Antec Take 3 Quiet 3U Rackmount Chassis on Virtual-Hideout
Lian Li PC-G70 Tower Case Review on The Overclocker Cafe
NZXT Apollo Case on Pro-Clockers

Leadtek WinFast PX7600 GT TDH on Bit-tech
Gainward Bliss 7300GT PCX on Hardwarezone.com
XFX G-Force 7600GT XXX PCI-E on Overclockers Club
Sapphire Liquid Cooled Radeon X1900 XTX TOXIC on Trusted Reviews

Cooling / CPU:
Thermaltake ITBU CL-P0303 on Phoronix
Zalman CNPS8000 Low-Profile CPU Cooler on Virtual-Hideout
Thermalright Ultra-120 on Overclockers Online
AMD Athlon64 FX-62 on T-break

Storage / Peripheral:
A-Data Fingerprint Disk FP1 2GB on MadboxPC
A-DATA “my Flash” Fingerprint Disk on NordicHardware
2 GB Super Talent DDR2 1000 MHz CL5 Kit on PCMasters.de
Logitech V450 Laser Wireless Notebook Mouse on Techgage
Razer Copperhead Mouse and Mantis Speed Mat on UKGamer

PURE Tempus-1XT DAB radio on Team-HEXUS.net
Epox MF570SLI on ChileHardware
Toshiba M70-159 on DriverHeaven

Design Changes (23 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 3-July-2006  04:04:08 (GMT +10) - by Agg

You may have noticed some subtle changes to the site design. Firstly, each news story can now be linked and viewed individually - see the word (link) after the title. This makes it easier to link to news stories, for example sending links to friends who don't have OCAU Forum accounts. On that note, here's a few interesting stories going back to the beginning of the year:

Transparent laptops from Apple?
Forum Reviews (#2)
Steel vs Concrete
Brisbane OCAU meet @ Hogs Breath Cafe
Planet Perspective Pics
BF2: Armoured Fury - Screenshots
AMD's AM2 Arrives
Google Maps with more Australian detail
The Wrong Guy
Xbox360 Compatability
Sketchup is now FREE thanks to Google
Where there's smoke
Slipperyskip's Unidyne PC
Australian Spam Prosecution
Forum Reviews
Mods & Ends
Mmm, beer! (new webserver)
Defyant's FLAMED - Completed!
Stress-test complete (new forum server)
New server is goooooo! (new database server)
Air-filter PC
TazBazz's "DTA" Technology
Another Snarf SFF
Magic Pens
NVIDIA's New Chipsets
Beavy's "Darko" Watercooled Shuttle
OCAU Loses #1 Folding@Home Spot

The News Archive has been updated too, and now uses Google for searching instead of the old internal system that didn't work all that well. I've also added news archive links to the bottom of the news page, so if you scroll down the page and the story you were after has fallen off the bottom, you can follow those links to find it.

Finally, the "Current Threads" at the bottom left of the page now have the full thread title available in a "mouseover tooltip" preview. Hover your mouse over a truncated title to see what I mean.

Sunday Evening (8 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 2-July-2006  20:00:07 (GMT +10) - by Agg

This evening Formula One races in the United States. You might remember last year's shambles where all but 6 cars (only 2 competitive ones) pulled out of the race due to tyre issues. Anyway, there's discussion about this year's round in this thread in the forums. NOTE: some TV guides are saying a 3:45AM start for Ch10's coverage, while others are claiming live coverage, which would start at 3AM AEST. So if you're recording it, bear that in mind!

IBM have once again dominated the supercomputer rankings, with four of the top 10 computers on the list and almost half of the top 500. IBM, of Armonk, N.Y., remained in the top position with the Blue Gene/L system installed at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, in Livermore, Calif. The system's peak performance on a Linpack benchmark was 280.6 teraflops, or 280.6 trillion calculations per second. Because it so easily outdistances the rest of the field - no other supercomputer has exceeded 100 teraflops - organizers expect the system to remain at the top of the list for at least the next few editions.

Another giant rock will fly close by the Earth tomorrow. The latest calculations show that 2004 XP14 will pass closest to Earth at 04:25 UT on July 3 (12:25 a.m. EDT or 9:25 p.m. PDT on July 2). The asteroid's distance from Earth at that moment will be 268,624-miles (432,308 km), or just 1.1 times the Moon's average distance from Earth.

RM sent in this amusing (but depressing) blog about a US Senator's view of Net Neutrality. And again, the internet is not something you just dump something on. It's not a truck. It's a series of tubes.

Dan has more letters! Fancy RAM that nobody seems to need, speaker loudness, TV licenses, making pretty pictures, cheap(er) photo batteries, and CD burning in the olden days.

From Ken: A Night in Fantasia is back again this year. This year it is travelling to Melbourne Town Hall as well as the Sydney Town Hall. Its a symphony orchestra playing music from video games and anime. Being showcased this year are pieces from Shadow of the Colossus, Katamari Damacy, Final Fantasy series including Final Fantasy XII, and from anime such as Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle just to name a few. More information here.

From Petercr: Love him or hate him but the Free Software Foundation is petitioning U2's frontman and social activist Bono to take a stand against copy-protection technologies used by the music industry according to this article on the SMH website. Strangely though no sign of the petition or mention of this over at www.fsf.org.

From sleator: I recently order a AMD AM2 X2 Athlon 4000+ with the 1mb L2 Cache, I got a email this morning as follows: "Ben, Looks like the distributor has made our minds up for us. It appears the 4000+ AM2 is now EOL (End of Life) and no longer avaialble." Just to confirm that AMD are no longer making non-FX cores with 1mb l2 cache. Bummer!

XbitLabs give us their thoughts on Intel's Core 2 Duo or Conroe microarchitecture. Our article contains all the info on Core microarchitecture that will give you to understand why AMD is going to have really hard times.

Phoronix meanwhile checked out a Core Duo under Linux. We have taken a look at the Intel Core Duo T2400 in conjunction with the Lenovo ThinkPad T60, and have comparison results today against the previous Pentium M 750 1.83GHz.

Motherboards.org explain some power-supply buzzwords. Well, now's your chance to finally become a power supply guru. I am going to try to explain it all to you. Hopefully, in the end, your brain will not be a buzz of over-information.

Interesting Forum Threads:
Video Card Ownership Poll, H2 2006 in Video Cards.
Spindle + cases OR Disks in cases? in Storage, Backup & Memory.
7200.10 Perpendicular worth the upgrade? in Storage, Backup & Memory.
Core 2 delayed by 4 days in Intel Hardware.
The Big iPod Sticky! in Apple Hardware.
The world *STILL* doesn't understand free software in Other Operating Systems.
Urban Exploration Visit in Photography.
My Nitro Truggy movies (Part 1 + 2) in Other Toys.
Westfield SE-W Clubman in Motoring: Worklogs.

Discovery Launch (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 2-July-2006  02:06:17 (GMT +10) - by Agg

NASA's Space Shuttle Discovery should launch in a little under 4 hours from now, or about 6AM AEST, weather permitting. Keep on top of things with this thread in our Current Events forum.

Edit: 24h delay due to weather!

Saturday Afternoon Reviews #3 (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 1-July-2006  14:55:41 (GMT +10) - by Agg

ASUS P5W DH Deluxe i975X Core 2 board on HWZone.
ECS Elitegroup 945G-M3 Rev1.0B Viiv on Bytesector.
MSI K9N Platinum AM2 board on LegionHW.

Power Supply:
Ultra X-Connect X2 550W SLI Modular on DriverHeaven.
Seasonic S12 500W on Virtual-Hideout.
XG Magnum 500W External PSU on Pro-Clockers.
Ultra Products X2 550W on XYZComputing.
Cooler Master iGreen 500 on OCOnline.
Apevia As550w-bk on RBMods.
Aerocool PowerWatch bay device on ClubOC.

OCZ EL DDR PC3200 2GB Kit Platinum XTX on HardCoreWare.
Corsair Twin2X2048-8500C5 2GB PC2-8500 on PCStats.
Kingston HyperX 2GB PC2-6400 C4 on LegitReviews.
Crucial Ballistix PC2-5300 DDR2-667 2GB on PCStats.
Western Digital Caviar RE2 Raid Edition hard drive on TweakTown.

T-Mobile Web "n" Walk HSDPA Data Card for wireless broadband on TrustedReviews.
Mio DigiWalker C710 GPS on TrustedReviews.
Razer Armadillo cable manager on XYZComputing.
Puget Custom Computers Quiet Core Duo PC on SilentPCReview.
Thermalright HR-01-K8 w/ Blue Fan Duct CPU cooler on ThinkComputers.

Saturday Afternoon Reviews #2 (2 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 1-July-2006  14:15:48 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Video Cards:
HIS X1300 512MB HyperMemory 2 PCIe x1 (video review) on 3DGameMan.
XFX Overclocked GeForce 7950 GX2 on HWSecrets.
Powercolor X1800GTO & Cable-less CrossFire on NeoSeeker.
nVidia GeForce 7900 GT on HWSecrets.
Inno3D GeForce 7600 GST on OCrCafe.
Connect3D Radeon X1900 GT on HWSecrets.
eVGA GeForce 7300 GT 256MB DDR2 on TrustedReviews.

Audio / Visual:
Samsung SyncMaster 215TW 21" Widescreen LCD monitor on TrustedReviews.
TRENDnet ClearSky Bluetooth Skype Phone on TrustedReviews.
Logitech Wireless Desktop S510 Media Remote on OCClub.
Samsung SyncMaster 204B 20" LCD monitor on Tweaknews.
Speed-Link Medusa 5.1 Pro Gamer Edition headset on TechPowerUp.
Pioneer PDP-436SXE 43in Plasma TV on MaxitMag.

Antec Solo Mid-Tower on XSReviews.
Ultra Aluminus on XYZComputing.
Cooler Master Ammo-533 on Modders-Inc.
Antec P180 Mid-Tower on MaxitMag.
SilverStone SG01 Evolution SFF case (video review) on 3DGameMan.

Saturday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 1-July-2006  13:51:50 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Input Etc:
Everglide Gaming Products Roundup on Virtual-Hideout.
Razer Krait Gaming Mouse on OCIA.
Fellowes Split Design Keyboard with Microban on XYZComputing.
Ideazon Fang USB Gamepad on EverythingUSB.
Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard on Aselabs.
Brando Optical USB Mouse with 2 USB Port Hub on BonaFideReviews.
Xtrac Hybrid mousepad on Techgage.
XG Laser 2500dpi Mouse on Bjorn3D.

Portable & Mini:
Apple MacBook Pro on ByteSector.
Toshiba Portege M500 Notebook on HWZone.
Everex StepNote LM7WE budget notebook on TechFear.
Dell XPS M1710 Notebook on HotHardware.
Rock Pegasus 650 Dungeons & Dragons Online laptop on Hexus.
Sony VAIO VGN-AR18GP laptop with Blu-Ray on HWZone.

Cameras / Printers:
Samsung SCX4200 Multifunction Laser Printer on Techtastic.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX9 digicam on TrustedReviews.
Canon PowerShot S3 IS digicam on TheTechZone.
Kodak Easyshare C300 3.2MP digicam on BigBruin.
Lexmark X2470 multifunction printer on TrustedReviews.


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